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The Poppy; Traveller Children in Schools

Laurie Taylor explores the origins and meaning of the Remembrance Day poppy. Also, traveller children in schools.

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.

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28 minutes

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).



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