Conference Programme Day One

Moving Monuments: History, Memory and the Politics of Public Sculpture,

20-21 April 2018

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage

Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester


Friday 20 April:


9.15-9.45: Welcome, Tea and Coffee


9.45-11.15: Panel 1: Race, Slavery and the Politics of Memory

Chair: Gervase Phillips (Manchester Met)

‘From Scipio Africanus to Edward Colston: evaluating, protecting and managing the heritage of slavery’, Emily Gee (Historic England)

‘Greatest statesmen or worst villains? Public commemorations of defenders of enslavement’, Sophie Campbell (University of Nottingham)

‘George Square Statues: Glasgow, Slavery and Abolition’, Michael Morris (Liverpool John Moores University)


11.15-11.30: Break


11.30-1.00: Panel 2: Manipulating Public Ritual in Local, National and International post-First World War Contexts

Chair: Sam Edwards (Manchester Met)

‘The Interplay of Commemorations: The Wallace Memorial, Scottish Home Rule Association and the First World War’, Laura Harrison (University of Edinburgh)

‘Scottish National War Memorial: Memory, Identity and Nation Building’, Fiona Foster (University of Mississippi)

‘Keeping touch with our people’: The Delville Wood Memorial replicas and the tangibility of grieving memory’, Hanna Smyth (University of Oxford)


1:00-1.45: Lunch


1.45-3.15: Panel 3: Disappearance, Destruction and Memory Battles in France

Chair: Jonathan Spangler (Manchester Met)

‘The Battle of the Monuments in Marseille’, Herman Lebovics (Stony Brook University)

‘Commemorating the Vendée: Jacques Cathelineau’s disappearing statues’, Gareth Oakland (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘A Dynamited France: A close up picture of a controversial public sculpture made by Emile-Antonie Bourdelle’, Chloë Théault (Musée Bourdelle, Paris)


3.15-3.30: Break


3.30-5.00: Panel 4: Absence, Opposition and Contesting Memory in Britain

Chair: Marcus Morris (Manchester Met)

‘Whatever happened to all the heroes? The monumental failure of plebeian radical movements in Britain, c. 1850-1940’, Anthony Taylor (University of Sheffield)

‘Opposition to parliamentary memorials to Oliver Cromwell, 1845-2018’, James Ford (Parliamentary Art Collection)

‘Contesting the Crimean War: the ‘war trophies’ of Darlington and Sunderland’, Guy Hinton (University of Newcastle)


5.00-5.15: Break


5.15-6.00: Wine Reception and Launch of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, featuring Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press.


6.00-6.15: Break


6.15: Conference Keynote: Professor Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow)


7.30: Wine, food and conversation!


9.30: Close.