Aftermath pp 49-57 | Cite as

Monuments and the Memories of War

  • John Schofield

As we have seen, over the past two decades, twentieth-century defences, fortifications and experimental and military production sites have become an accepted part of the cultural heritage, in Britain as elsewhere (Dobinson et al. 1997; English Heritage 1998; Cocroft 2000). For heritage managers, planners, archaeologists and historians this has meant learning a new vocabulary, and intricate typologies for such things as anti-invasion defences of the Second World War, radar establishments and coast artillery. It has also meant the need for some grounding in scientific principles, particularly relevant for studying radar and Cold War facilities, as well as artillery and ballistics. It has meant developing a theoretical framework for interpreting and managing these contested sites. It has meant new conservation challenges, such as the practical measures for prolonging the lives of concrete structures designed to last only ‘for the duration’. It has meant developing an approach to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English HeritageSwindonUnited Kingdom

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