My research interests include armies of occupation, soldier-civilian relationships, the 'lived experience' of warfare, oral history, and more broadly the social history of warfare in the twentieth century. I graduated with a BA in History in 2016, and an MA in History in 2017, both from the University of Bristol. I am funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship, with active supervision and involvement with the Imperial War Museums (IWM). I am also a Course Representative for the History PGR cohort for the 2020/21 academic year.
Berlin: British Cold War City, 1945-1971
My doctoral research focuses on British military communities stationed in Berlin during the Cold War. I am analysing the nuanced role British soldiers and airmen had as individual 'cultural diplomats' representative of a British 'way of life' in the city, both on- and off-duty. The period between 1945 and 1971 saw radical changes from both post-war and Cold War perspectives, and shifts in the nature of the relationships British personnel may have had with Berlin's constituent communities. The project also problematises the effectiveness of cultural diplomacy by analysing the tension between an outward-looking cultural diplomacy and the traditions and cultures of the British Army.
This research ultimately examines the ways in which military authorities conceptualised individual agency in the post-war British garrison in Berlin, how that conceptualisation was communicated, and how soldiers acted upon and viewed it.