On-going events in the United States concerning the removal of Confederate soldier-statues, together with similar discussions here in the UK linked to various memorials and monuments from the age of Empire make clear that despite living in an era of increasingly ‘virtual memory’, public sculpture continues to draw – and provoke – engaged political debate.
Prompted by these contemporary ‘culture wars’ and in order to provide a space in which scholars, heritage professionals and interested members of the public might gather to interrogate the politics of commemorative sculpture, the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage is hosting a two-day conference over 20 – 21 April 2018.
The conference takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and includes a keynote lecture by Professor Andrew Hoskins of the University of Glasgow.
Full programme and details:
Friday 20 April: https://mcphh.org/conference-programme-day-one/
Saturday 21 April: https://mcphh.org/conference-programme-day-two/