Thursday 18 January 2024 – Ieper: Amy Harrison (PhD student,
‘The light bulb moment when the penny drops’: Pilgrimage and tourism along the Western Front
As the Great War moves ever further into the past, our relationship with the memorial landscape has changed. The modern Western Front exists now as both a site of pilgrimage and a site of tourism; visitors benefit from a highly developed tourist infrastructure alongside remaining war landscape and iconic memorials and cemeteries. This talk will explore ‘’the light bulb moment when the penny drops’ and the experiences which link pilgrims of the present with pilgrims of the past.