The Fourth Plinth: Creating and contesting national identity in Trafalgar square, 2005-2010

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Since 1999 the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has seen the installation of a range of contemporary artworks that have prompted a national discussion about national identity, tolerance, diversity and history in the context of Trafalgar Square. This article explores aspects of the narrative around the Fourth Plinth scheme since 2005 to discuss the relationship between different versions of national identity and public place, and how the use of historical narratives can shore up contemporary versions of national identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Fourth plinth
  • History
  • Lieux de mémoire
  • National identity
  • Place
  • Trafalgar square

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