In 2012, I conducted research in both the UK and the Falklands Islands during the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas War. During this project, I was struck by how many people had a relationship to ‘The Yomper’* image (shown here on the left). For some it evoked particular memories, for others it came to symbolize the war in quite specific ways. In short it was The Yomper, more than any other image of the war, that seemed to resonate with people.
Six years later I am revisiting my interest in this image with the launch of the ‘What Does The Yomper Mean to Me’ Project. Here I will be exploring the importance of ‘The Yomper’ to our understanding and remembrance of the 1982 war – both privately and publicly – and whether this has increased in significance over time.
You can find out more about the ‘What Does The Yomper Mean to Me’ Project here
You can find out more information about the original (2012) research, and the book on which it was based here.
*The Yomper was taken by Photographer Pete Holdgate, Royal Navy Official Photographer during the Falklands/Malvinas War. © Crown copyright. IWM (FKD 2028)