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England and the 1966 World CupA Cultural History$
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John Hughson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096150

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096150.001.0001

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That was the World Cup that was

That was the World Cup that was

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(p.175) 9 That was the World Cup that was
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England and the 1966 World Cup
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John Hughson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096150.003.0009

Chapter 9 addresses the theme of commemoration, in particular the significance of anniversary occasions. This is especially of interest given that the book is published in the 50th year on from the 1966 World Cup. The chapter argues against England’s victory in the Final being used an index of future possibility in international football and, conversely, as a marker of failure. Instead, the case for the holding of the tournament, and the win by England, is reiterated as being a moment in modernity. This is not to suggest a freezing in time, but a belief in the importance of understanding episodes within their own present. The relevance of this understanding for commemoration in public contexts, such as museum exhibitions, is discussed in this concluding chapter.

Keywords:   Commemoration, Museum exhibition, Modernity, Public engagement, Wembley

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