A Moment to Remember? Survey re-2 minute Silence

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am  currently doing some research for an article on changing idioms of collective remembrance in Britain. I thought it might be interesting to ‘crowd source’ some information about attitudes to the recent Remembrance Sunday and the official two minutes silence the following day. I would be very grateful if you could find a few minutes to answer the short questionnaire (below) and return it to me. I  will of course treat your responses as confidential and any  quotes used in the article will be unattributed. Look forward to hearing from you,

Phil Cohen

Research director: Living Maps    http://www.livingmaps.org.uk

Emeritus Professor  in Cultural Studies, University of East London ; Visiting Professor , Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

Website :  http://www.philcohenworks.com

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A Moment to  Remember?

  1. Did you watch or attend any event connected with this year’s Remembrance Sunday? If so could you give some details ( i.e. what form it  took, who organised it, your involvement) and what your main motivation was? Did you buy a poppy?.

2a. Did you observe the 2 minutes silence  this year?  If so can you remember  what  you  actually thought  about during the silence? If you cannot remember , was there some special reason for this?

2b.Was the silence observed at home , at work, in a public place or where else? Did you talk to anyone about it afterwards?

2c. If you  did not observe the silence was this because:

you forgot

you were in a place where it was impossible or inappropriate to do so

you have an objection  to this form of  commemoration

some other reason ( please specify)

  1. What ways  other  than public ceremonies and   rituals do you think that  wars   should be collectively remembered in Britain today?
  1. Do you , and/or close friends or family have any direct experience of  being in a war  zone (including Northern Ireland during the time of the troubles). If yes, can you give some details?
  1. This year there have been a lot of events, exhibitions , books, TV and radio programmes  and media coverage  commemorating  the centenary of the start of the Ist World War. Did you attend/listen/watch/read   any of these?.  If so,  what was your general impression of how the  ‘Great War ‘  was treated? . How revisionist did you think the approach was and in what ways did it depart from   the  traditional   patriotic  or ‘human tragedy’    accounts?



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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