Acts of Remembrance was an ESRC funded event that took place at the beginning of Remembrance Week at the Kino-Teatr in St. Leonards-on-sea. Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, it was collaboration between the Royal Anthropological Institute and the National Lottery award-winning charity The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled.

The event centered on a screening of Return of the Liberators, a documentary I produced and directed on behalf of the charity, in collaboration with Creation Company Pictures, and Hogarth and Ogilvy. The film considers the themes of remembrance, camaraderie and inter-generational relationships. Anthropologist Gemma Jones gave a pre-screening talk, exploring how we might think about remembrance from the perspective of social science; the presence of her 96 year old Dutch grandmother in the audience brought home the personal significance of the event. Also present were a number of World War II veterans transported to the coast in London Black Cabs, members of the charity committee, and the Mayor of Hastings. Following the screening the veterans and the audience gathered around the piano for a some Cockney favourites and war-time classics.

‘We truly were blown away and genuinely speechless after watching the film. What a wonderful project to be involved in, and you did it all beautifully and really brought it to life in a way that we could engage with – not easy to achieve those things.‘ (Audience feedback)

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