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Title: Commemoration, memory and the process of display : negotiating the Imperial War Museum's First World War exhibitions, 1964-2014
Author: Wallis, James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5916 7796
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores the key permanent and temporary First World War exhibitions held at the Imperial War Museum in London over a fifty year period. In so doing, it examines the theoretical, political and intellectual considerations that inform exhibition-making. It thus illuminates the possibilities, challenges and difficulties, of displaying the 'War to End All Wars'. Furthermore, by situating these displays within their respective social, economic and cultural contexts, this produces a critical analysis of past and present practices of display. A study of these public presentations of the First World War enables discussion of the Museum’s primary agendas, and its role as a national public institution. In considering this with the broader effect of generational shifts and the ever-changing impact of the War’s cultural memory on this institution, the thesis investigates how the Imperial War Museum has consistently reinvented itself to produce engaging portrayals of the conflict for changing audiences.
Supervisor: Harvey, David ; Thomas, Nicola Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council ; Imperial War Museum
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Commemoration ; Process and Politics of Display ; Exhibition Space ; First World War