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,
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
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A Moment to Remember?
- 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 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)
- What ways other than public ceremonies and rituals do you think that wars should be collectively remembered in Britain today?
- 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?
- 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?