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My research interests are the First World War, ephemera studies, memory studies, and public history.


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow on the AHRC funded project 'Ephemera and Writing about War, 1914 to the Present'. The project is led by Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, and the team also includes Prof Catriona Pennell, Dr Tony Williams, Mr May Sumbwanyambe, and Dr Chris Kempshall. After completing my AHRC funded PhD at Northumbria University in 2019 I Lectured Public History at Queen's University Belfast. In the past I have also taught at the Universities of Durham and Sunderland. 

My research focuses on interrogating how ephemera can offer a way of understanding the past. I am currently working on my first book, which explores how families memorialised the dead after war and disaster in the early twentieth century, arguing that ephemera was of the utmost importance to daily mourning rituals. I have also written about why families donate objects and ephemera to war museums, and am interested in how familial and cultural memory is built through these collections of everyday material. My new research project has two strands. The first is to find ephemera of marginalised people who served, or experienced, the First World War and its aftershocks, which will allow the wider project team to (co)create responses to it. The second strand of my research concerns life writing, and asks how ephemera across different forms of personal writing have shaped the modern memory of the First World War. 

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD

Award Date: 11 Jun 2019


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