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Empire of the dead - the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Scotland, and the birth of modern commemoration

19 Apr 2023
18:00 - 20:00 (lecture begins 18:30)

Auditorium, Level 1

Free (booking required)

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Image © The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Image © The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

In this public lecture, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Official Historian, George Hay, will explore the Empire of the dead – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Scotland, and the birth of modern commemoration.

This event is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Second World War Studies Network (Scotland). This Network aims to facilitate discussion and the exchange of ideas on the theme of the Second World War. It is hosted by the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with National Museums Scotland. One of its key external partners is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

This event includes an audience Q&A and is suitable for ages 14+.

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Enter the museum from the Lothian Street entrance. Doors open at 18:00.

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This event is sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Arts & Humanities Research Network Award.

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