"The most potent advocates of peace on earth."

is what king George V called the headstones that filled hundreds of cemeteries, but how potent are they?


Understanding war is crucial if, in the words of the founding text of the United Nations we are to 'rid the world of the scourge of war.'

Understanding how our attitudes to and belief about war are formed is perhaps even more important.

War memorials and war cemeteries play their part in shaping our views.


 
The King visiting 
cemeteries 
WW1 

 HOW DID IT BEGIN?

  'SILENT CITIES'

nuclear explosion

There are some 23,000 British and Commonwealth military cemeteries around the world in 150 countries |more

missile

A sentimental name given to the carefully constructed and maintained military graveyards | more

  REMNANTS OF WAR

  UNDERSTANDING MEMORIALS

Battlefields, disused military sites and museums are turning wars into big business - all in the interest of education | more

soldier in chemical suit

War memorials come in all shapes and surprising sizes. Who builds them and why?
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  MILITARY CEMETERIES

  PEACE MEMORIALS

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Visits to military cemeteries and battlefields have increased dramatically. What is it all about? | more

beating swords into ploughshares statue

What are peace memorials, where are they and why are there so few of them?
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