Trafalgar Square as imperial artefact

Trafalgar Square has been a site of national importance since the fourteenth century. Formerly a royal mews, it was not until 1843 with the erection of Nelson’s Column that it began to resemble the Square we know today. Trafalgar Square primarily serves as a commemorative space remembering various naval and military men who had roles

Narratives surrounding the Henry Havelock statue, Tower of London and Cabot-Place

Semiotics is defined as ‘the study of signs and symbols [regarding the] use and representations’ (Oxford Dictionary, 2017) of objects. The London skyline, has become the signifier representing London as a diverse metropolis, creating familiarity primarily aimed at tourists. Hence, London is portrayed as an ‘embodiment and symbol of urban organisations by existing and past

Trafalgar Square and Protest

Located in the heart of London, Trafalgar Square is a location of imperial and social significance. Situated close to the Houses of Parliament, it is a location of imperial expression as well as dissent against authority and the dominant institution. However, its fountains, lions, and the National Gallery also make it the destination of art

The Elgin Marbles: Imperial Artefact

Culture is a concept that is difficult to define due to its abstract nature, despite its significance in our everyday lives. Inglis (1993) identifies culture as contested values, and Mitchell furthers this through discussion about culture wars, whereby there is a “struggle between acceptable cultural expression” (2000, 71). This struggle is underpinned through power relations