Professor Lucy Robinson was the academic lead on Observing the Eighties, a digital history project which brought together ‘voices’ from the Mass Observation Project, the British Library’s oral history collections, plus ephemera and documents from Sussex University’s Special Collection.
These different types of evidence demonstrate some of the ways that we remember the past.
When combined with the memoirs of Falklands War veterans, we can see the complex work that goes into witnessing - and remembering - the losses incurred in conflict. Stories of war, in whatever form, are always acts of remembrance.
In this thought-provoking talk, Lucy will discuss the role of emotion in stories of remembrance and how published accounts of war interact with oral history and the interview process.
Lucy Robinson is Professor of Collaborative History at the University of Sussex. She has produced a number of studies of Falklands veterans who have published, told or sold their stories. Her book on the politics and popular culture of the 1980s is soon to be published by Manchester University Press.