Understanding the past is a vital part of preserving the past. Over the years we have undertaken research on evaluating the effectiveness of museums and interpretive visitor centres in communicating the heritage to visitors.

More recently we have been examining how war and conflict can be used as a ‘weapon’ to attack national groups’ identity, and how it may be used as part of a reconciliation process.

We are currently working in Turkey and Australia examining the ways in which first-, second- and third-generation Australians engage with, assimilate or reject national collective memories of the Anzac story.

Example projects

  • 2013 – 2015: On being Australian: Exploring the role of Anzac museum and heritage interpretive experiences in developing visitors’ sense of national identity. More information: d.uzzell@surrey.ac.uk
  • 2009 – 2012: CRIC: Identity and Conflict. Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict. More information: d.uzzell@surrey.ac.uk