Three Ways of Remembering World War 1: the Sledmere Memorials, Yorkshire, England

Author(s): Harold Mytum

Year: 2018


As the First World War commemorations draw to a close, the memorials at Sledmere, East Yorkshire, indicate the attitudes to the war held by one individual, Sir Mark Sykes, the 6th baronet. Widely known as an author of the Sykes-Picot agreement which carved up the Middle East between France and Britain following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, thereby creating countries such as Iraq and Syria, he managed and invested in his substantial estate and house on the Yorkshire Wolds. He remembered the war through three items, each exceptional in their scale, quality, and messages they give. The re-used 19th-century Eleanor Cross and new memorial inspired by Trajan’s column both stand along the main road through the village, whilst an illuminated manuscript book is displayed in the parish church. Chivalry, paternalism, xenophobia, and romanticism are all evoked by these artefacts in the context of loss, sacrifice and memory

Cite this Record

Three Ways of Remembering World War 1: the Sledmere Memorials, Yorkshire, England. Harold Mytum. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441392)


Memorials World War I

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1109