Sculpting History: New Thinking on Monuments and Memorialisation in Visual Culture

This research afternoon is designed to platform new thinking around monuments and memorialisation from post-graduate and early career research community based in the UK.

Purposefully conceived of without period and thematic boundaries, eight speakers will present short papers covering an array of topics, including ancient battlefield monuments, ideological constructions of gender and colonialism in St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, poetic memorialisations of the Holocaust, the memorialisation of slavery through contemporary art, and how museums represent postcolonial heritages.

The purpose of the event is to provide an open, welcoming environment where speakers and attendees can make connections, and hear new research that evidences the rich interdisciplinary potential of monuments.


1:00Welcome, Dr Clare O’Dowd (Henry Moore Institute)

Introduction, Dr Rebecca Senior (University of Nottingham/Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow)
1:20'We raised not a stone': The fictive re-burial of Sir John Moore at St Paul's Cathedral
Dr Amy Harris (University of York)
1:40Turning into a Trophy: A Monument on the battlefield of Marathon
Brandon Braun (University of California, Los Angeles)
2:00Monument to Men Massacred in the Sinai Desert (1882): Gods, Countries, and Empires at St. Paul's Cathedral
Dr Maddie Boden (University of York)
2:20Erasing Diversity from the Narrative: Reductionism in the Abolitionist Canon of Westminster Abbey
Gemma Shearwood (University of York)
3:00Tea and coffee break
3:30Curating Slavery Beyond Representation
Adiva Lawrence (University of Hull)
3:50Rethinking Holocaust Memorial Poetry through Critiques of Spatial Monumentalisation
Hannie Philips (University of Leeds)
4:10Reconstruction in Retrospect: Welfare State Memorials
Dr Robert Sutton (University of Leicester)
4:30Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Public engagement with relocated British colonial statues in India
Laharee Mitra (Goldsmiths, University of London)
5:30Wine reception


This event is now full booked. For more information, please contact Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator:

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

In response to the government's current Covid-19 guidelines, the Henry Moore Institute is temporarily closed until further notice.