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The Poppy; Traveller Children in Schools

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 November 2013

The Poppy - a cultural history. Laurie Taylor talks to renowned archaeologist and anthropologist, Nicholas Saunders, about his account of the origins, history and many meanings of the Remembrance Day Poppy. From ancient Egypt to Flanders Field to Afghanistan. How did a humble flower of the field become a worldwide icon? They're joined by Professor of History, Joanna Bourke. Also, Reader in Education, Kalwant Bhopal, discusses her research into the experience of traveller children in schools.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Nicholas Saunders

    Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol



    Find out more about Dr Nicholas Saunders



    The Poppy - A Cultural History from Ancient Egypt to Flanders Fields to Afghanistan
    Publisher: Oneworld Publications
    ISBN-10: 185168705X
    ISBN-13: 978-1851687053

  • Joanna Bourke

    Professor of History at Birkbeck College



    Find out more about Joanna Bourke



    What It Means To Be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the present
    Publisher: Virago 
    ISBN-10: 1844086453
    ISBN-13: 978-1844086450



    An Intimate History Of Killing: Face To Face Killing In Twentieth Century Warfare
    Publisher: Basic Books
    ISBN-10: 0465007384
    ISBN-13: 978-0465007387



    Cultural History of Warfare – articles and essays by Joanna Bourke

  • Kalwant Bhopal

    Reader in Education, Southampton University


    Find out more about Dr Kalwant Bhopal



    ‘We're still human beings, we're not aliens’: promoting the citizenship rights and cultural diversity of Traveller children in schools: Scottish and English perspectives
    Ross Deuchar, Kalwant Bhopal

    DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2012.679252
    British Educational Research Journal
    Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 733–750, August 2013

  • Ethnography Award

    Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces a new annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.


    Are you involved in social science research and completing or will have completed an ethnography this year? The Award is open to any UK resident currently employed as a teacher or researcher or studying as a postgraduate in a UK institution of higher education.


    An entry should be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed description of the practices of a group or culture. Any sole authored book or peer reviewed research article published during the calendar year of the award will be eligible.


    The judges for the Award are Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore, Dr Louise Westmarland, Professor Bev Skeggs. The Chair is Professor Laurie Taylor. (Please do not contact any judges directly).



    Find out more on how to participate



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