This network brings together archivists, curators, heritage managers, artists, activists and researchers to explore the preservation of protest memories as civic, cultural and personal resources. We take a memory studies perspective on social justice struggles in order to understand how protest images, texts, materials and actions are recirculated and remembered.

By protest we mean, declarations of disapproval, disavowal, disobedience or dissent in the broadest sense, as well as manifestations in favour of a particular cause. By memory we mean, mediated and creative representations of the past that can be found in heritage and museum exhibits, social and personal memories, and across all media. We seek to understand how remembering radical pasts, connected to social justice struggles, can act as the raw materials for imagining alternative futures.

This interdisciplinary network is a collaboration between the University of Warwick, King’s College London, the University of Sussex and the University of Loughborough. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and will run between 2018 and 2020.