A study of the origins and development of Great War Memorials in the County of Gloucestershire (1917-1933)

Taylor, Robert (2012) A study of the origins and development of Great War Memorials in the County of Gloucestershire (1917-1933). Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Building upon the work of key writers such as Jay Winter and Robert Bushaway, this work examines the memorials of the First World War as historic structures and records the local monuments’ origins and original purpose within the county of Gloucestershire in contrast to previous work on war memorialisation which has focused more on the role of the monument in reflecting and strengthening national identity. After an initial county-wide survey, three in-depth case studies of different sized communities, (the village of Cam, the town of Cirencester and the City of Gloucester), are used to analyse the factors that most significantly influenced the location, form, and timing of the erection of different war memorials at these locations. In addition to considering the significance of community over national factors, the study explores the importance of different community size and of the groups within those communities that most significantly determined memorial construction, including the bereaved, the church and local government, and servicemen and ex-servicemen. Further, the study examines the different memorial forms considered such as non-secular and secular, monumental and utilitarian forms and other factors such as location, iconography, and the form of the Roll of Honour in the development of memorials that were acceptable to the local populations. The research has drawn upon many previous academic studies on the subject of Great War memorialisation, focusing on the historical perspective to compare how local memorials were used in commemoration and how they maintained significance at local memorial sites within the County of Gloucestershire. Through the analysis of this local involvement of the generation at the time in the development process, the conclusion provides insight as to whether the local war memorial’s role continues to provide the intended importance and understanding as a place of local or national significance.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Wynn, Neils2103977@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Robertson, Iainirobertson@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: Master of Arts by Research (History)
Uncontrolled Keywords: War Memorials, World War I, Gloucestershire, England
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 15:49
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:56
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2457

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