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John Sharrock

The bombing of British cities and the contesting of remembrance: WW2 civilian experience and its commemoration since 1945

 

Email: john.sharrock.09@ucl.ac.uk
Section: Heritage Studies

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The bombing of British cities and the contesting of remembrance: WW2 civilian experience and its commemoration since 1945

The sites and landscapes of post-WW2 civilian remembrance have been inspired and shaped by people, those who were victims and those influencing and creating their commemoration.

This qualitative research combines field recording and interviews to contribute to modern conflict and remembrance studies with a hitherto underrepresented civilian voice. Its analysis of civilian commemorative material and practices is placed within a broader WW2 collective remembrance.

The people, pressures and processes of post-war remembrance are under examination in London and the Home Counties, Bath, Portsmouth, Coventry and the West Midlands, Glasgow and Clydeside.

Education

    • BA Business Studies, Coventry University 1970
    • Diploma in Archaeology, Birkbeck 2010
    • MA Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 2012
    Conference papers

    Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference, Bristol University, 2015.