Stefan Berger

National Museums of War in Britain between Antagonism and Agonism. A Comparison of the Imperial War Museum with the National Army Museum

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Keywords: museums, war, memory, agonism, Brexit

This article examines in detail the Imperial War Museum in London and the National Army Museum, also located in London. Using a theoretical frame of different memory regimes developed by Anna Cento Bull and Hans Lauge Hansen, it argues that the Imperial War Museum promotes antagonistic forms of memory that play into the hands of those in favor of Brexit, whilst the National Army Museum contains many agonistic interventions that aim at promoting self-refl exivity in the visitors to the museum and an open-ended dialogue with the past. The article also refl ects on whether national history museums are more likely to contain agonistic interventions as most history wars and battles over memory are still being carried out in national frames.

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