The Arts Society Dukeries

by | 3 December 2019 | Art, Retford

The Arts Society Dukeries’ next meeting is on Wednesday 4th October at 1.50pm in St Anne’s Church Hall, Worksop S80 1NJ, when the lecture will be on ‘The Other Side — Germany’s post-World War II culture of memorials and counter-memorials’ by Angela Findlay.

In these years of World War II anniversaries, the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. Relatively little is known in this country about Germany’s complex post-war process of remembrance and the counter-memorial movement that started there in the 1980s and continues to this day.

Germany’s very specific situation rendered all traditional concepts of monuments and memorials irrelevant and inappropriate. Instead of commemorating their own losses, German artists looked to creating art forms that would respond to questions of apology and atonement: How does a nation of former persecutors mourn its victims? The idea behind counter-memorials is to keep the memories and lessons of the past alive in the individual psyches of the people. The results are extraordinary, brave, and inspiring.

With her Anglo-German roots, artistic background and years of research, Angela is in an ideal position to give insights into Germany’s fascinating and ongoing efforts to find artistic forms for the remembrance of the victims of one of history’s darkest periods.

The next lecture is on Wednesday 1st November, when the subject will be ‘Medieval Life through the Luttrell Psalter’ by Simon Tomson. Visitors are very welcome to come to the society’s meetings at a cost of £6.00 per lecture. There is a free car park at the hall. For further details of the full lecture programme and about the Society, please speak to Anthony on 01909 731415 or Gill on 01909 540506 or see