About Us

The War Heritage Research Initiative originated from the need to share the War Memories of Canada documentary and conversation kits.  Leading from that project, Royal Roads University has developed a partnership with Valour Canada to explore educational projects related to Canada’s war heritage.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with other universities and organizations interested in examining the relationship between war memory, heritage, commemoration and tourism/travel to these memorialized sites.

About the Project Lead: Dr. Geoffrey Bird, Associate Professor

july-2016-g-birdDr. Geoffrey Bird is Associate Professor in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Lead of the War heritage Research Initiative. He has been at Royal Roads University since 2008. Geoff completed his PhD in Anthropology in 2011 at the University of Brighton, focusing on the relationship between tourism, remembrance and landscapes of war, examining how sites are managed and interpreted as well as the meaning and insight people gain by visiting these places. In 2016, he co-edited two books on war heritage (listed below). He also directed and produced the documentary War Memories across Canada.  His background includes 25 years in the field of education working in government, then as a project manager in the field of sustainable tourism and poverty alleviation in Malaysia and Vietnam. He was a visiting researcher and professor at Monash University and Munich University of Applied Sciences. He also served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and as a heritage interpreter at the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.  To reach Geoff, please email him at warheritage@royalroads.ca

Recent publications

  • Lead editor, with Reeves, K., Claxton, S. (2016). Managing and interpreting D-Day’s sites of memory:  Guardians of remembrance: Routledge, Abdingdon, Oxford.  
  • Co-editor, with Reeves, K., James, L., Stichelbaut, B. & Bourgeois, J. (2016).  Battlefield events: Landscape, commemoration and heritage.  Routledge, Abdingdon, Oxford.