There are, multiple types of memory: official, unofficial, public, private, collective, communal, local, national, societal, historical, emotional, postmemory, literal and exemplary. Memories are often thought of in terms of scale: from the individual or private which often involves personal experiences such as loss or suffering (Burk 2003: 317); the local or communal, which draws on key events or experiences that have occurred within close-knit groups; to societal memory which describes narratives of the past that are sympathetic to a broader, loosely interconnected population. Also on that same scale is public and national memory. Bodnar (1992: 13) argues that public memory emerges from the ‘intersection of official and vernacular cultural expressions’ while Shackel (2003: 11) believes that it is a reflection of present political and social relationships’. Public memory is, as Till (1999: 254) argues, ‘a fluid process’ which is not only negotiated by official or national groups but also by the media, academics, heritage institutions and local community organisations.
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Space and place as we know are never neutral – they are socially constructed and will always embody political power, values and symbols, and, moreover, these will be contested between different voices and interpreters.
(S. McDowell, M. Braniff, 2014)