chapter  9
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A landscape of memories: Layers of meaning in a Dublin park


The quote above is invoked at the onset to allow us to consider what memory is about. Remembering and forgetting are not opposites; instead they are both constitutive parts of what comes together to mean memory. Through remembering and forgetting, we privilege, we construct and we assign meaning. Certain things are retained, others detained, meanings are ascribed and meanings are learnt. The one consistent is that, as Samuel (1994) reminds us, change is abundant and inherent, and that time and space conflate to produce constantly shifting meanings, understandings and memories.