Manipulating the metonymic: The politics of civic identity and the Bristol Cenotaph, 1919-1932
Gough, Paul; Morgan, S.
The city of Bristol was one of the last major cities in Great Britain to unveil a civic memorial to commemorate the Great War 1914-1918. After Leicester (1925), Coventry (1927) and Liverpool (1930), Bristol's Cenotaph was unveiled in 1932, 14 years after the Armistice. During that lapse, its location, source of funding, and commemorative function were the focus of widespread disagreement and division in the city. This paper examines the nature of these disputes. The authors suggest that the tensions in locating a war memorial may have their origins in historic enmities between political and religious factions in the city. By examining in detail the source and manifestations of these disputes, the authors offer a detailed exemplar of how memory is shaped and controlled in British urban spaces. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Gough, P., & Morgan, S. (2004). Manipulating the metonymic: The politics of civic identity and the Bristol Cenotaph, 1919-1932. Journal of Historical Geography, 30(4), 665-684. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-7488%2803%2900002-1
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Oct 1, 2004|
|Journal||Journal of Historical Geography|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||cenotaph, civic identity, memorial, Bristol|