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York St John students and academics commemorate fallen heroes of WW2

Published: 18 November 2021

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Black and White image of soldiers during WW2

An on-campus exhibition and public event bring fresh understanding to the human experiences of war. 

A thought-provoking exhibition 'Faith and Healing Under Fire Memorial Exhibition', currently on display in the University’s chapel, is dedicated to the Chaplains and Nurses who lost their lives as a result of the conflict in Normandy during the Second World War. 

The exhibition showcases research conducted by History and American History students from their History, Community and Culture Module. Visitors will be able to see original WW2 artefacts and items carried by fallen heroes who served in American, British, Canadian and Polish Forces. Display panels offer insight into how research was conducted by students, as well as meaningful stories and context for the artefacts and photographs exhibited.  

Dr Gary Rivett, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at York St John University said: “The Fallen Heroes of Normandy exhibition is an excellent example of how our History and American Studies students take their historical skills and knowledge out beyond the campus, helping to prepare them for life when they leave University.  

“Our longstanding commitment to encourage students to reflect upon their working experiences ensures they end their degrees having developed a high degree of self-awareness and critical consciousness about themselves, the world around them, and their place in it.” 

The exhibition will run until Saturday 27 November and opening times can found on the exhibition event page 

This exhibition coincides with the upcoming inaugural War Studies Research Group event on Wednesday 1 December. York St John lecturer in political science Dr Carla Barqueiro will lead the University’s event with nuanced discussion about elements of human conflict that are often not discussed in strategic discussion of war and presenting a human security perspective.  

This event is open to everyone, inviting those interested in conflict and international relations research to join on Zoom, 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Register online and find out more on Eventbrite 

 Find out more about History and American Studies at York St John.  

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