Monday, 20 July 2015

Remembering in God’s name: the role of the church and community institutions in commemorating floods

A couple of week's ago I was lucky enough to speak at the Royal Geographical Society as part of the International Conference of Historical Geographers. My paper was part of a wonderful panel organised by Lucy Veale and Georgina Endfield of the Weather Extremes project at the University of Nottingham.

My paper detailed the role of the church in Kings Lynn and the wider north Norfolk region in the immediate aftermath and years that followed the tragic North Sea Flood of 1953. Using archival evidence to build an account of how the various congregations coped and helped the community, my paper explored themes of social resilience, cultural memory and the changing role of the church in British society.

Click play above to hear a full audio recording of my paper. The paper was the first presentation of some new research findings, and is very much still a work in progress, so please do leave any comments, feedback, criticisms or queries in the section below.

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