Statues, Monuments and Buildings

Statues, monuments and buildings are not just a ghostly presence from the past in our public spaces. They have different meaning and significance in the present for different people.

Complex buildings, monuments and memorials that are focal sites of remembrance can become spaces in which entangled personal and national histories are contested. Such contestation indicates a desire for a participatory historical culture.

The monuments and statuary appear like bookmarks in the development of Britain’s national heritage and the ubiquitous blue plaques add to the notion of visiting a space once inhabited by the ‘great and the good’. They are intended to be sites of memory, the memorial heritage of a particular community.

Source; People and Their Pasts, Palgrave, 2008


About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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