september, 2020

20sep4:00 pm20oct5:00 pmEvent OverVirtual EventPrisoners of HistoryKeith LoweEvent Type :Black Friars


September 20 (Sunday) 4:00 pm - October 20 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm


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All over the world people are looking again at the statues and memorials in their cities.

In this compelling event leading historian Keith Lowe uses monuments from around the world to tell the story of how different countries have attempted to sculpt their history in the wake of the Second World War and what these memorials really reveal about their politics and national identity today.

How can a bronze statue of a girl in Seoul cause mass controversy? What is Russia trying to prove by building victory monuments at a prolific rate for a war now 70 years over? What does Germany signal to the far right by choosing not to disclose the resting place of Hitler? From Hamburg to Hungary, Bristol to Berlin, as many of us are questioning who and what we memorialise, Keith Lowe challenges our ideas of national memory, history and the enormous power of symbols in society today.  ‘Lowe’s sensitive, disturbing book should be required reading for both statue builders and statue topplers’ (The Sunday Times)

This is a pre-recorded event. Please email your speaker question to by 11pm on Tuesday 8th September.

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