The Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb, ‘remember’ as two things: “1) Have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something from the past). 2) Do something that one has undertaken to do or that is necessary or advisable.” The word itself originates from that of Middle English, from Old French remembrer, from Latin rememorari ‘call to mind’, from re – (expressing intensive force) and Latin memor ‘mindful’. The act of remembering is something that is quite staggering. Not only does it prove the human mind contains deep complexity, ability to make error but also shows that there is room for growth and beautiful inconsistencies that allow a revelation, almost, at any given time whereby our mind gives back something that we have previously lost. This is why memory and the ability to remember is such a powerful thing. Through journeying through several different fields of study, I will work to explore the word “remember”, and realise some ways in which our ability to remember as beings is achieved, lost, studied and viewed.

Natasha Perkin

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