Commemoration in the United Kingdom: A multitude of memories

Keith Jeffery

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In the United Kingdom (UK) the centenary commemoration of the First World War has been driven by a combination of central government direction (and funding) with a multitude of local and community initiatives, with a particular focus on 4 August 2014; 1 July 2016 (the beginning of the Battle of the Somme) and 11 November 2018. ‘National’ ceremonies on these dates have been and will be supplemented with projects commemorating micro-stories and government-funded opportunities for schoolchildren to visit Great War battlefields, the latter clearly aimed to reinforce a contemporary sense of civic and national obligation and service. This article explores the problematic nature of this approach, together with the issues raised by the multi-national nature of the UK state itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-567
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Early online date05 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • commemoration; First World War centenary; memory; United Kingdom


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