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Commemorating animals: glorifying humans?

2012 April 18
2009 remembrance day animals

Remembrance Sunday 2009 at the Park Lane Animals in War memorial

Commemorating animals: Glorifying Humans? Remembering and Forgetting Animals in War Memorials in war: who is really being remembered? 2011

In a discussion of memorials including the Animals in War memorial in Park Lane, the RSPCA memorial frieze in Kilburn, Simpson and his donkey in Melbourne and the new memorial at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra the article explores the way in which the human-animal relationship is recognised  and asks who are the ‘animal ‘ memorials really remembering.

The collection as a whole has over 30 articles – all with interesting illustrations – on a wide range of topics. It arises from a series of seminars initiated by Maggie Andrews and held at the National Memorial Arboretum. It has brought together an eclectic range of people who in other circumstances might not have had much to say to each other…

Lest We Forget: Remembrance and Commemoration History Press, 2011 eds Maggie Andrews, Charles Bagot Jewitt and Nigel Hunt

Unfortunately, already it seems to have been remaindered but fortunately for the impecunious reader it can be purchased at a much more sensible price (currently £6.99) from Postscript books.


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