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Contested objects: curating soldier art

Furneaux, Holly ORCID: and Prichard, Sue 2015. Contested objects: curating soldier art. Museum & Society 13 (4) , pp. 447-461. 10.29311/mas.v13i4.346

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Joseph Rawdon’s account of his making of a military quilt incorporates an emotional object biography of a kind typically attached to this kind of material. He recalls the long period of production, an investment of physical and emotional labour of a different, but related, order to the effort of his dead colleagues, those ‘poor fellows that fought hard for their country and fell in the struggle’, and whose then surplus uniforms contribute to the fabric of the patchwork. In this co-authored article we draw upon objects like that produced by Rawdon, and the narratives that accompany them, to explore the value and challenges of curating objects produced by soldiers in wartime. Focusing on patchwork produced by Victorian military men, we seek to extend the understanding of trench art, in terms of chronology and form.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Additional Information: Published version uploaded in accordance with policy at [accessed 7 October 2016]
Publisher: University of Leicester School of Museum Studies
ISSN: 1479-8360
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 October 2016
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 04:27

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