The War Heritage Research Initiative team engages in a range of project related to commemoration and remembrance. Listed here is a summary of projects
BC Remembers the First World War: A Provincial Forum (2014)
Sponsored by the BC Museums Association, BC Heritage, and the City of Victoria, Royal Roads University hosted a planning forum with representatives of museums, archives and heritage sites. One hundred attended the event either on site or online. The format involved a range of questions and roundtable discussions to explore how cultural agencies could engage in the First World War centenary. Below is the summary report, along with a presentation of various commemorative initiatives.
Commonwealth War Memory Pilot Project – North America (Report)
Executive Summary: The aim of the Commonwealth War Memory Pilot Project (CWMPP) assessed how commemorations are best supported, initiated and organized, as well as the outcome and impact from the commemorative experience. The purpose of the project is to contribute to identifying what support, resources and services are required for a larger commemoration initiative across North America in 2017. This report outlines the lessons learned, successes and challenges, and provides recommendations for a broader North American approach. Approximately 720 individuals took part in CWMPP events in Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Saint John and Miami, Oklahoma. The project was a partnership between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Royal Roads University and Valour Canada.
Dachau Memorial Site Community Guides
Executive Summary: Remembrance in the 21st century presents society with new challenges. The ever-dwindling number of Holocaust survivors compels us to consider the future of remembrance not as witnesses remembering the past, but as education of future generations. Sites of memory such as Dachau Memorial Site are critical to this education. We have launched a project entitled Dachau Memorial Site Community Guides in collaboration with local tour guides of the Dachau Memorial site. They stand on the front line of remembrance education, providing information to thousands of visitors every year. The goal of our project is to explore the challenges that the guides face and collectively create solutions to providing meaningful interpretation of the site. A four-month-long workshop presents opportunity to introduce a number of pedagogical techniques that the guides will practice in their tours.