Introduction: death, memory and commemoration in the English Midlands, 1600-1900

King, S.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9152-9190, 2022. Introduction: death, memory and commemoration in the English Midlands, 1600-1900. Midland History, 47 (3), pp. 223-231. ISSN 0047-729X

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Our special issue makes five new contributions. Firstly, methodological advances including the need to focus on the boundaries between ‘active’ and passive memory and on the theoretical perspectives of the wider discipline of memory studies. Secondly, the importance of ‘telling the dead’, through intricate stories. Thirdly, we capture collectively the importance of ‘legacy’ for the dying and their families, a concept that in the past has been overwhelmingly applied to the propertied classes. Fourthly, our authors focus on the symbolism of remembrance, especially the complex relationships between small symbolic acts or experiences and the construction of enduring memory. Finally, most of our writers deal with the way in which memory and commemoration of the individual had an importance over and above the single person. Our stories reveal much about the particular cultures of death, mourning and memory in the midlands but also more widely on the national stage.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Midland History
Creators: King, S.A.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: September 2022
Volume: 47
Number: 3
ISSN: 0047-729X
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Midland History on 21 September 2022, available at:
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 09 Jan 2023 10:55
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 03:00

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