Organising Committee       

Professor Sir Hew Strachan

Hew Strachan, FBA, FRSE, Hon. D. Univ (Paisley) has been Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews since 2015.  He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he taught from 1975 to 1992, before becoming Professor of Modern History at Glasgow University from 1992 to 2001.He was Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College 2002-15 (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow), and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War 2003-2012.  He serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Chief of the Defence Staff and on the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board, as well as being a trustee of the Imperial War Museum (until February 1918), a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, and member of the national committees for the centenary of the First World War of the United Kingdom, Scotland and France.  In 2010 he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the Prime Minister.   In 2011 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies at the University of Cambridge and became a specialist adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy.  He is a Brigadier in the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers).  In December 2012, Foreign Policy magazine included him in its list of top global thinkers for the year.  He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours, and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale in 2014.  In 2016 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement for Military Writing.  His recent publications include The Politics of the British Army (1997); The First World War: To Arms (2001); The First World War: a New Illustrated History (2003); and The Direction of War (2013). 


Lar Joye

Lar Joye is Port Heritage Director at Dublin Port. Previously he curated the award-winning Soldiers & Chiefs the Irish soldier at home and abroad  from 1550 to 2016 exhibition at Collins Barracks. He played a central role in the Decade of Commemorations 2012-2017 involved in a variety of projects including 1913  Lockout – Impact and Aftermath,  the WWI exhibition Recovered Voices, GPO Witness History, An Post commemorative stamps and Moore St Projects.   More recently he has partnered with Anu productions on  the plays Pals- the Irish at Gallipoli, Sunder and These Rooms

He is a graduate of University College Dublin , Leicester University and the Getty Leadership Institute in California and is currently chairman of the Irish National Committee of the Blue Shield and a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Museums Association and the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust.

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Professor Fearghal McGarry

Fearghal McGarry is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of The Abbey Rebels of 1916: A Lost Revolution (2015) and, with Richard Grayson, editor of Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland (2016). He is currently leading a major AHRC-funded project, A Global History of Irish Revolution, 1916-23.


Professor Christopher Williams

Chris Williams is Professor of History and Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork. He works on political cartoons of the First World War (see the ‘Cartooning the First World War’ website at www.cartoonww1.org) and on aspects of the Welsh experience of the war (see, for example, the edited collection with Matthew Cragoe, Wales and War: Politics, Society and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (University of Wales Press, 2007). His most recent relevant publication is ‘A Question of “Legitimate Pride”? The 38th (Welsh) Division at the Battle of Mametz Wood, July 1916’, Welsh History Review, volume 28 no.4 (December 2017) https://doi.org/10.16922/whr.28.4.6


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  • Michael Burleigh
  • Sebastian Faulks
  • Dr Adrian Gregory

Professor Maggie Andrews

Maggie Andrews is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Worcester; she writes, researches and broadcasts on twentieth century British Women’s History. Her publications include The Acceptable Face of Feminism: The Women’s Institute Movement 1915-1960, (2015 and 1997), Femininity and Feminism:  A Reader on Women and the Media since the 1900s (2014), The Home Front: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences (2014). She is the historical consultant to the Radio 4 Series Home Fronts and a Co-Investigator for the AHRC funded Voices of War and Peace World War One Engagement Centre. 


Professor Ian Beckett

Professor Ian F. W. Beckett retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent in 2015. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he previously held chairs in both the UK and US, including the Major-General Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University from 2002-2004. He was also Chairman of the Council of the UK Army Records Society from 2000 to 2014. His most recent publications include (with Tim Bowman and Mark Connelly) The British Army and the First World War (2017), A Guide to British Military History (2016), and (ed.) Citizen Soldiers and the British Empire, 1837-1902 (2012). The Politics of Command: The Late Victorian Army, 1872-1902 will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2018. ‚Äč


Dr Jonathan Boff

Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War and his books include Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front (OUP, 2018) and Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (CUP, 2012). He was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Department of War Studies, King's College London and spent twenty years working in finance before returning to academia. He serves on the councils of the National Army Museum and Army Records Society and has worked as a historical consultant with the British Army and the BBC. His new research project explores the history of Money in wartime.


Dr Gerard Charmley

Dr Gerard Charmley holds degrees from Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Swansea Universities. His Ph.D. thesis was on D. A. Thomas, who, as Viscount Rhondda, played a significant role on the home front during the Great War. In addition to his work on D. A. Thomas, Dr Charmley has published widely on political, religious, and social history in England and Wales. He is a contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, and to the Gwent County History. His most recent publications are:

David Smith of Siddal: Strict Baptist Pastor, Politician, Industrialist & Local Politician (James Bourne Society, 2016).

‘Reviving Liberal Fortunes: The East Glamorgan Parliamentary Liberals and the 1910 Parliamentary Vacancy’, Morgannwg, vol.60 (2016).

‘Richard Foulkes Griffiths, 1850-1901: Political Dissenter,’ Baptist Quarterly, vol. 46 (2015.)

Dr Charmley has also published a number of articles on hymn-writers and ministers in Peace & Truth, the quarterly journal of the Sovereign Grace Union.

Dr Gerard Charmley lives in Leeds, where he works in financial services. He is also a Particular Baptist minister, and preaches frequently.


Dr Peter Claughton

Peter Claughton is a University Fellow in the College of Humanites at the Univesity of Exeter, an economic historian and archaeologist with many years experience in the investigation of metal mining in Britain, Ireland, France and Australia. He works primarily within the voluntary sector and is currently managing a detailed assessment of mining archaeology in England, funded by Historic England, the first part of which was published in 2016.

Over the years his interests have been quite diverse, included research into silver mining in England and Wales during the medieval period, the supply of iron ore resources for the British steel industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, and access to key minerals during periods of conflict.  Current projects include the investigation of multi-period iron mining and processing in Pyrénées-Orientales (France), the processing of silver-rich ores in Queensland (Australia), and the working of home resources for the iron and steel industry in the United Kingdom during the First World War.

Recent publications

Chapters in books

Claughton, P. Iron and Ironstone, Clay, Gold, Minor Metals and Minerals, Salt and other Evaporite Minerals, in The Archaeology of Mining and Quarrying in England: A Research Framework, ed. P. Newman (Matlock Bath: NAMHO, 2016)

Claughton, P. Mineral Resources, in A Social History of England, 900-1200, eds J. Crick and E. van Houts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Claughton, P.  Coal, Ore and Metals: Coastal Mining Landscapes of South-West Britain, in Landmarks: Profiling Europe’s Historic Landscapes, eds Bartels, Ruiz del Árbol, van Londen and Orejas, (Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, 2008)

Claughton, P.  Metals and Industrial Minerals, in Images of Change: an archaeology of England’s contemporary landscape, ed. Sefryn Penrose, (Swindon: English Heritage, 2007).

Papers in journals and conference proceedings

Claughton, P. 'Mining in the mountains: the development of aerial ropeways on the iron mines around the Canigou massif (Pyrénées-Orientales, France)', Proceedings of the 10th International Mining History Congress, Linares (Spain), September 2016, forthcoming.

Claughton, P. 'The Bordley Township Project: Aspects of Human Impact on a Landscape in Craven', The Archaeological Forum Journal: CBA Yorkshire 1 (2012), 27–32

Claughton, P. ‘Silver and Zinc: Cardiganshire, Brittany, and Dillwyn & Co. of Swansea’, Welsh Mines and Mining 2 (2012), 45-50

Claughton, P. ‘Les mines d’argent du roi anglais et le paysage historique de Devon : le Projet Bere Ferrers’, ArcheoSciences, revue d’archéométrie, 34 (2010), 299-306

Claughton, P. ‘Silver and the demand for lead: assessing production levels in late medieval England and Wales’, in P. Hubry (ed.) Stribrna Jihlava 2007 (Jihlava: Archaia Brno, 2008)

Claughton, P. ‘Mining law in England and Wales: understanding boundaries in the landscape,’ in Sfruttamento, tutela e valorizzazione del territorio. Dal diritto romano alla regolamentazione europea e internazionale, ed. F. Reduzzi, (Napoli: Ed. Jovene, 2007

Joint publications and reports

Claughton, P. and Anguilano, L. "Silver in Queensland: The Problem of Ore Processing", in P. Claughton & C. Mills (eds), Mining Legacies, Mining History 19.3 (Summer 2015), 31-42

Claughton, P. and Rondelez, P. "Early Silver Mining in Western Europe: an Irish Perspective", The Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland 13 (December 2013), 1-8

Rippon, S, Claughton, P. and Smart, C. Mining in a Medieval Landscape: the Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2009)



Professor Martin Daunton

Martin Daunton was Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge from 1997 until his retirement in 2015; he was also Master of Trinity Hall from 2004 to 2014 and Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  He was previously Astor Professor of British History at UCL.  He now serves as a Commissioner of Historic England and chairs the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee, and has in the past served as a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum and as President of the Royal Historical Society.   He has published extensively in modern British economic history, including Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 (Cambridge University Press, 2002)Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain, 1851-1951 (Oxford University Press, 2007).   His most recent publication is an edited volume with Marc Buggeln and Alexander Nuetzenadel, The Political Economy of Public Finance: Taxation, State Spedning and Debt since the 1970s (Cambridge University Press, 2017).  He is currently completing a book on the economic governance of the world since 1933 for Penguin.


Dr Peter Grant 

Dr Peter Grant is Senior Fellow in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Cass Business School, City University of London. He began his career in the arts before running a charity. He held senior management positions at both Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and former Chair of the Voluntary Action History Society. He is a member of the newly established Centre for Modern History at City. His books include Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War and National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music.


Professor Susan Grayzel

Susan R. Grayzel recently joined the faculty at Utah State University as a Professor of History. In 2017, she published Gender and the Great War (Oxford University Press), co-edited with Tammy M. Proctor and an essay with Alison Fell for the volume Women Activists between War and Peace: Europe, 1918-1923. Her prior books include Women’s Identities At War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (1999), awarded the 2000 NACBS British Council Book Prize; Women and the First World War (2002—under contract for a revised, second edition); The First World War: A Brief History with Documents (2012) and At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (2012). In conjunction with the start of the centenary of the First World War in 2014, she contributed essays to The Cambridge History of the First World War and The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (2nd edition).  Her current research focuses on gender, citizenship, and civil defence, especially efforts to prepare civilians to face chemical weapons in the British empire, c. 1915-45.


Professor Keith Grieves

Keith Grieves is a professor at Kingston University and has a research interest in British agriculture and rural society in the era of the First World War. He also works with Education professionals who are undertaking postgraduate research projects. In 2011-12 a fellowship at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, facilitated a project on ‘Open spaces after the First World War: Reafforestation, Remembrance and Recreation’. He has contributed to events in West Sussex and Surrey in their First World War Centenary Commemoration programmes.

Recent publications include:

‘Useful war memorials, landscape preservation and public access to the English countryside: fitting tributes to the fallen of the Great War’ (co-authored with Jenifer White) Garden History. Journal of the Garden History Society 42: Suppl. 1 (autumn 2014), 18-33

‘ ‘A future too awful to contemplate’: Lord Lansdowne, war aims and peace advocacy in England in 1917’ in Olmstead, J. (ed.) Reconsidering Peace and Patriotism during the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 127-147

‘Patriotism in things of beauty’: Thomas Cecil Farrer, historical continuity and liberty in the Surrey countryside’ Surrey Archaeological Collections Vol. 100 (2017), 163-185


Dr Stuart Hallifax

Dr Stuart Hallifax completed his DPhil entitled “Citizens at war: the experience of the Great War in Essex, 1914-1918” in 2010. Prior to undertaking his doctoral research, he was a curator at the National Army Museum, working on exhibitions on topics including the 1916 Battle of the Somme and the 2006 British deployment in Helmand, Afghanistan. Since 2010, Stuart has worked in various roles in the UK Government and Parliament, including as researcher for the House of Lords Constitution Committee and his current role as a policy adviser in the Northern Ireland Office. He writes a blog on Great War London and wrote the London volume in the History Press’s “Remembering 1914-18” local history series.


Professor Louise Jackson

Louise A. Jackson is Professor of Modern Social History at the University of Edinburgh. She is an expert on the history of crime and policing and has published widely in these areas. Her books include Women Police: Gender, Welfare and Surveillance in the Twentieth Century (2006), Policing Youth: Britain 1945-70 (2014) and, with Shani D'Cruze, Women, Crime and Justice in England Since 1660 (2009).  Amongst other projects she is currently completing a book on the social history of policing in twentieth-century Scotland. She is a co-editor of the academic journal Social History.


Dr Heather Jones

Heather Jones is an Associate Professor in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar and a Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and St John’s College, Cambridge. Dr Jones has held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne. Her monograph Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, with a paperback edition published in 2013. She has co-edited two books and published over 27 scholarly articles and chapters on the First World War. She is currently researching the British monarchy at war 1914-1918 for a forthcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press.


Dr Rosie Kennedy

Rosie Kennedy is a lecturer in Modern British History at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work explores the lived experience of early twentieth century British childhoods with a particular focus on war, education, the family, games and play. Her monograph The Children’s War: Britain 1914-18  was published by Palgrave in 2014.  Other publications include: ‘”How Merrily the Battle Rages”: Props for Make-Believe in the Edwardian Nursery’ in L. Paul, R. Johnston and E. Short (eds.) Children’s Literature and Culture of the First World War (Routledge, 2016) and ‘”So Strangely Works the Mind of a Child” Childhood, Memory and the First World War’ in A.K. Smith and S. Barkhof (eds.) War, Experience and Memory since 1914 (Routledge, 2018).




Professor Roy MacLeod

Roy MacLeod is a historian of science and technology. Educated at Harvard and Cambridge, he was the Foundation Reader in History and Social Studies of Science at Sussex University, and has held visiting appointments in Paris, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna, Göttingen, Hamburg, Harvard, and Washington, DC. In 1971, he co-founded the journal Social Studies of Science, and was Editor of Minerva between 2000 and 2008Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor of History and an Hon. Professor in the School for the History and Philosophy of Science and the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney University. He has written extensively on science, medicine and technology in the Great War. His most recent publication is ‘The Mineral Sanction': The Great War and the Strategic Role of Natural Resources’, in Tait Keller, John McNeill, Martin Schmid and Richard P. Tucker (eds.), Environmental Histories of World War I (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Edward Madigan

Lecturer in Public History and First World War Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work combines cultural, military history and he is particularly interested in the British and Irish experience and memory of the First World War. Before joining the history faculty at Royal Holloway, he was the resident historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. From 2012 to 2013 he sat on the UK Government’s Centenary Events Planning Group and he currently sits on the editorial board of the 14-18 Online Encyclopaedia and the executive committee of the International Society for First World War Studies. In his capacity as a historian of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, Edward has appeared on British, Irish and US television and worked with numerous public-facing history and heritage organisations. He also co-edits the Historians for History blog. His publications include Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War (2011) and, with John Horne, Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-1923 (2013).


Dr David Monger

David Monger has worked at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, since 2010 and is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History. He specialises in the history of British First World propaganda and patriotism. His publications include Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: the National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale (2012) and, with Sarah Murray and Katie Pickles, Endurance and the First World War: Experiences and Legacies in New Zealand and Australia (2014). He has also written several articles and chapters on British First World War propaganda topics, including articles on propaganda for soldiers in Sport in History (2010) and Cultural and Social History (2011); an article on propaganda by and for women in Women’s History Review (2014); an article on the rituals associated with public propaganda in Twentieth Century British History (2015) and a forthcoming article on ‘tangible patriotism’ in war savings and national service propaganda in War and Society (2018). He has also contributed articles on the British press and domestic propaganda to the 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War, and is working towards a larger monograph on the subject.


Professor Hugh Murphy

Hugh Murphy MA, PhD, FSNR, is an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, Visiting Reader in Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and a former Editor of The Mariner's Mirror, the International Journal of the Society of Nautical Research.  He is a previous winner of The Anderson Medal for Research in Maritime History.  His research specialism is the British shipbuilding industry and he is the co-author with Lewis Johnman of British Shipbuilding and the State since 1918: A Political Economy of Decline (University of Liverpool Press, 2002) and Scott Lithgow: Deja Vu All Over Again! The Rise and Fall of a Shipbuilding Company (University of Liverpool Press, 2005).  With David J. Starkey, Beyond Shipping and Shipbuilding: Britain’s Ancillary Maritime Interests in the Twentieth Century (University of Hull Press, 2007). With Anthony Slaven, Crossing the Bar: An Oral History of the British Shipbuilding, Ship Repairing and Marine Engine Building Industries in the Age of Decline, 1956-1990 (University of Liverpool Press, 2013), with Marcel van der Linden and Raquel Varela, Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Workers around the World: Case Studies, 1950-2010 (University of Amsterdam, University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Recent Publications

Buxton, R. Fenton and H. Murphy, ‘Measuring Britain’s ShipbuildIng Output in the Twentieth Century’, Mariner’s Mirror 101:3, (2015).

J.L. Kang, Song Kim, H. Murphy and S. Tenold, ‘Old methods versus new: a comparison of Very Large Crude Carrier shipbuilding at Scott Lithgow and Hyundai Heavy Industries, 1970-1977’. Mariner’s Mirror 101:4 (2015).

Firth and H. Murphy, ‘Chepstow and National Shipyard No.1’, Ships in Focus Record, (Journal of the World Ship Society), No, 62, October (2015).

 J.L. Kang, Song Kim, H. Murphy and S. Tenold, ‘British financial, managerial and technical assistance in establishing the global shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries’, International Journal of Maritime History XXVIII No.1, (2016).

Craggs, H. Murphy and R. Vaughan, ‘A shipbuilding consultancy is born: the birth, growth and subsequent takeovers of A & P Appledore International Limited, and the A & P Group, 1971-2017’, International Journal of Maritime History XXX No.1 (2018).

Murphy, ‘An anatomy of speculative failure: Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, and the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company of Howdon on Tyne, 1919-1945’, Mariner’s Mirror 23:1 (2018).

Professor Hugh Murphy, MA, PhD, FSNR, Visiting Reader in Maritime History, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Department of Social and Political History, University of Glasgow


Mr Robert Newman

Robert W. D. Newman. PhD Student, University of Kent.

Robert arrived at the University of Kent (Canterbury) with a keen interest in, but amateur appreciation of, the field of military history. However, having completed his BA in War Studies and MA in War, Media and Society he decided to stay and attempt a PhD. His BA and MA dissertations both focused on aspects of the Great War, British use of chemical weapons and a quantitative study of the contents of the 1917 Daily Mirror respectively.

Currently entitled Forestry, the British Empire and the First World War: Supply Networks, Logistics and Environmental Sustainability his PhD looks to highlight the importance of this much overlooked natural resource in a war more commonly associated with mass industry, scientific and technological advances and the birth of modernity. It examines the methods used by those at all levels, from Prime Ministers down to unskilled labourers in UK and French forests, to obtain the massive quantities of wood required to keep the war effort going both on the British Home and Western Fronts. In doing so it will also examine how issues of sustainability were regarded by the many different organisations and individuals involved. Furthermore, how forestry practices, timber trade practices and cultural perceptions of forests altered as a result of the war.

This thesis will be submitted in March 2018, and he is therefore currently rushing to write up a great deal of research obtained in trips to Canadian, American and British archives over the last few years, as well as edit down chapters that are already far too long.

Rob has spoken on the topic of First World War forestry at a couple of conferences, but has unfortunately not managed to publish any work yet.


Professor Panikos Panayi

Panikos Panayi is Professor of European History at De Montfort University. He has been working on the First World War since the 1980s and his most important publications in this field include:  The Enemy in Our Midst: Germans in Britain During the First World War (Oxford: Berg, 1991); Prisoners of Britain: German Civilian and Combatant Internees during the First World War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012); (Ed.), Germans as Minorities During the First World War: A Global Comparative Perspective (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014). His current projects include a book with Stefan Manz of Aston University examining internment in the British Empire during the First World War.


Professor George Peden

George Peden is an emeritus professor of History at the University of Stirling.  A Dundonian, he is a graduate of Dundee and Oxford universities and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He has written about the First World War in The Treasury and British Public Policy, 1906-1959 (Oxford, 2000) and Arms, Economics and British Strategy: From Dreadnoughts to Hydrogen Bombs (Cambridge, 2007).  His most recent publication is ‘Neoliberal Economists and the British Welfare State, 1942-1975’, Journal of the History of Economic Thought (December 2017).    


Professor Catriona Pennell

Catriona Pennell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Exeter. She specialises in the history of 19th and 20th century Britain and Ireland with a particular focus on the relationship between war, experience, and memory. Her publications include A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2012; 2014), ‘Presenting the War in Ireland, 1914-1918’, in Troy R.E. Paddock (ed.) World War I and Propaganda (Brill, 2014), and ‘Learning Lessons from War? Inclusions and Exclusions in Teaching First World War History in English Secondary Schools’, History and Memory, 28:1 (2016), pp. 36-71.


Dr Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is a History lecturer most recently employed at the University of Huddersfield. His research focuses upon the intersections between government, military, and private enterprise in the years surrounding the First World War, with a particular interest in the role of railway companies and their senior officials in the war. Christopher's doctoral thesis, entitled 'Managing Armageddon: the science of transportation and the British Expeditionary Force, 1900-1918' was awarded the Donald Coleman prize for the best doctoral thesis in the field of business history by the Association of Business Historians in May 2016. He is currently developing a monograph, provisionally entitled Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War, for publication in the Institute for Historical Research/Royal Historical Society's New Historical Perspectives series. Christopher has published articles in War & Society and the British Journal for Military History, contributed to the reference works 1914-1918 Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and discussed his research as part of the BBC television series Railways of the Great War. Christopher is a founding member and part of the steering committee for the Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded First World War Network, which is dedicated to establishing a community of postgraduate and early career researchers with a shared interest in all aspects of the First World War.


Dr Krisztina Robert

Krisztina Robert is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Roehampton in London. Her research interests combine social, cultural and military history in First World War Britain. Her main research focuses on British women’s wartime work and experience along with constructions of femininity, especially through visual, material and performative representations. Related interests include wartime definitions of militarism, martial symbolism and iconography, particularly with regard to uniforms, as well as discourses of modernity and new conceptualisations of space, such as the Home Front. Her recent and forthcoming publications in these areas include ‘Constructions of “Home,” “Front,” and Women’s Military Employment in First World War Britain: A Spatial Interpretation’ (History & Theory, 2013), ‘The Unsung Heroines of Radical Wartime Activism: Gender, Militarism and Collective Action in the British Women’s Corps’ in Labour, British Radicalism and the First World War (MUP, 2017) and ‘Fashioning and Performing Martial Femininities: Uniforms, Modernity, and Gender Identities in the British Women’s Corps, 1914-1921’ in Cutting a New Pattern: Uniformed Women in the Great War (The Smithsonian, 2019).


Dr Robb Robinson

Robb Robinson is based at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull and from a family engaged in seafaring for generations. He is Treasurer for the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association and a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History. He was an academic advisor to the BBC World War One at Home series (Joint BBC AHRC project Oct. 2013 to Dec. 2014) and involved in researching a range of programme features and participating in some radio and TV broadcasts as part of this multi-platform project as well as presenting at three BBC World War One at Home roadshows

 He has written a wide range of articles and four books, including Trawling: the Rise and Fall of the British Trawl Fishery (Exeter, 1995) as well as contributing to a number of academic publications including:   The Encyclopaedia of Maritime History, published by Oxford University Press: the Journal of Transport History; the Mariner’s Mirror; Northern History and the International Journal of Maritime History. His book Viola: from Great War to Grytviken (written jointly with Ian Hart and published in 2014) is a history of the former Armed Trawler, Viola, one of the few surviving vessels involved in action in the Great War. He was also a substantial contributor to England’s Sea Fisheries (London, 2000) and was associate editor and a contributor to A History of the North Atlantic Fisheries, Volume 1: from Earliest Times to 1850 (Bremerhaven, 2009) and also contributed a chapter for the volume 2 (Bremerhaven, 2012) as well as an article on fisheries history for the Centenary Issue of the Mariner’s Mirror (97:2, 2011).

Robb currently writing a book on the role of fishermen and the fishing industry in the Great War. His latest article, ‘A Forgotten Navy: fish, fishermen, fishing vessels and the Great War at Sea’ was published in the Journal for Maritime Research, (19:1, September 2017).


Professor Gerry Rubin

Professor Gerry Rubin is a retired Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Kent. He has written on the interface of law and economic, social, labour, military and police history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent publications are “Dennis, Alan and Arthur x 3: Literary Legacies of the ‘Blazing Car Murder’ of 1930”, Law and Humanities, Vol. 9, 2015, pp. 203-16; and (with Colin R Moore), “Emergency Legal Powers in Britain in World War One: ‘Corporatist’ Law or a Government that ‘Bluffed with Confidence’?”, in David Deroussin (ed), La Grande Guerre et Son Droit (forthcoming). 


Professor Chris Wrigley

Chris Wrigley (born 1947) is Emeritus Professor of Modern British History at Nottingham University (since September 2012, before he was Professor 1991-2012). Previously, from 1971, he taught at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Loughborough University.

His books include David Lloyd George and the British Labour Movement(1976),  Arthur Henderson(1990), Lloyd George and the Challenge of Labour :1918-22(1990), Lloyd George (1992), British Trade Unions since 1933 (2002), AJP Taylor: Radical Historian of Europe (2006), Churchill (2006) and the edited A History of British Industrial Relations 1875-1979, 3 volumes (1982-97), Challenges of Labour: Central and Western Europe, 1917-20 (1993), The First World War and the International Economy(2000), The Blackwell Companion to Twentieth Century British History (2003) and Britain’s Second Labour Government, 1929-31(2012).

 He was President of the Historical Association (1996-99), a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society (1997-2001), Chair of the Society for the Study of Labour History (1997-2001) and on the Council of the Economic History Society (between 1983 and 2008). He was a trustee of the Arkwright Society 2012-17. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East Anglia, 1998.

He was a Labour Leicestershire County councillor, 1981-9 (and Leader of group on a hung council, 1986-9) and a Charnwood Borough councilor, 1983-7 (Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson). He was Labour Parliamentary candidate in Blaby, 1983, and Labour and Co-op Parliamentary candidate in Loughborough in 1987.


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  • Professor Martin Ceadel
  • Dr Mary Cox
  • Dr Pierre Purseigle
  • Dr Martin Wilcox