Manipulating the metonymic: The politics of civic identity and the Bristol Cenotaph

Gough, P. and Morgan, S. (2004) Manipulating the metonymic: The politics of civic identity and the Bristol Cenotaph. Journal of Historical Geography, 30 (4). pp. 665-684. ISSN 0305-7488 Available from:

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Refereed journal paper. Developed through close scrutiny of contemporary documentation, Council minutes, Public Records Office papers, newspaper reports in Bristol and London, this paper identifies the origins of widespread disagreement and division in Bristol regarding the 'proper' form for its memorial to the war dead. By examining in detail the source and manifestations of complex civic disputes, Gough and Morgan offer a detailed example of how memory is shaped and controlled in British urban spaces. Drawing on the work of Matsuda, Johnson and Lefebvre, the paper concludes that the tensions in locating a war memorial have definable origins in historic enmities between political and religious factions in the city, which are still apparent (and active) today. Gough's work on memorialisation is referenced in the catalogue essay, Witness: Highlights of First World War Art, Imperial War Museum North, 4 February - 23 April 2006

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:cenotaph, civic identity, memorial, Bristol
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:6834
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