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Dr Grace HuxfordBA Hons (Warw.), MA(Warw.), PhD(Warw.)

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Grace Huxford

Dr Grace HuxfordBA Hons (Warw.), MA(Warw.), PhD(Warw.)

Senior Lecturer in Modern History

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I am a social and oral historian of modern Britain, with particular interests in the Cold War (1945-1991), the aftermath of the Second World War, the Korean War (1950-1953) and the social history of warfare. I am also interested in the histories of people touched indirectly by war, such as military families, and the long-term impact of conflict on memory, gender and selfhood.  

I am currently conducting an oral history of British military communities in Germany (1945-2000), exploring the experiences of service personnel, families and support workers living in bases. In 2019-20, I am an AHRC Leadership Fellow (early career), leading a major project on the social history of British Military Bases in Germany, supported by historian of war and gender, Dr Joel Morley. This project aims to engage with a purposefully wide range of perspectives on this history. See our project page for more information;

Prior to my arrival in Bristol in 2015, I was Research Fellow in Oral History at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, where I was also an Early Career Fellow. I received my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2015.


My research explores the social history of the Cold War in Britain. My first book, The Korean War in Britain: Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting (Manchester University Press, 2018), explores the social and cultural impact of the Korean War (1950-1953) on Britain. Assessing the impact of the war from 1950 to the early twenty-first century, my research uncovers the different ways in which British people responded to the Korean War and how it came to be known as the ‘Forgotten War’ of the twentieth century. I have published articles on several aspects of Britain’s Korean War, in Life Writing, Twentieth Century British History  and in book chapters in edited collections (see ‘Research Outputs’ tab for more detail).

I have also developed an interest in oral history methodologies, co-organising the Bristol Oral Histories Research Cluster with Professor John Foot (Italian Studies) and publishing in Oral History on institutional and university oral history projects. I am also a co-organiser of the Oral History in Higher Education Network.

My current research into the social history of British military bases in Germany (1945-2000) brings together my interests in the Cold War and oral history. This project, funded initially by the British Academy Small Grants Programme (Leverhulme Trust) and by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, examines the experiences of men, women and children living on German bases during the Cold War. 


I enjoy teaching across all levels of the BA, MA and PhD courses here at Bristol. My teaching has included units on Britain’s Cold War, war and society in the twentieth-century Britain and Europe, oral history, the 'voice' in social history, public history, and histories of life-writing and selfhood. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research Supervision

I greatly enjoy supervising PhD and MPhil students here at Bristol and currently supervise doctoral research on: British communities in Berlin during the Cold War (funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the Imperial War Museums); the history of tattoos and tattooing in the contemporary British Army; humanitarianism and the BBC External Services during the Cold War; Second World War environmental history; American expatriate communities in Hong Kong; and gender and femininity in British secondary schools between 1970 and 2000. I have also supervised MA History students on a wide variety of research topics relating to war, society and/or oral history. 

I welcome applications from prospective postgraduate history students interested in researching modern British history, particularly cultural and social history, as well as any projects relating to the social history of warfare in the twentieth century. I also welcome projects using oral history or life-writing methodologies. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email if you would like to discuss your research plans.
Media and Engagement
I have been intervieweed about my research on BBC Radio 3, BBC local radio and as part of a Historical Association teacher fellowship on the Korean War. I have also collaborated with the BBC Antiques Roadshow programme and the Royal British Legion on projects relating to the history of modern conflict. I welcome any contact from external organisations about possible future collaborations. 

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