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Dr Joel MorleyBa, Ma, PhD

Research Associate

Joel Morley

Dr Joel MorleyBa, Ma, PhD

Research Associate

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Research interests

I am a historian of war and gender in twentieth century Britain, with particular interests in masculinity, memory, oral history and Mass Observation. I am currently Postdoctoral Research Associate on 'British Military Bases in Germany: Living with the Cold War and its legacies, 1945-2000', led by Dr Grace Huxford and funded by the AHRC. See our project page for more information;

Prior to my arrival at Bristol, I was Senior Research Officer on the Leverhulme-funded oral history project, 'National Service Life Stories' with Dr Peter Gurney and and Dr Matthew Grant at the University of Essex from 2015-2018. I previously taught History at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham from 2013-2015. I received my PhD from Queen Mary University of London in 2013.


As well as conducting research on 'British Military Bases in Germany', I am currently writing my first monograph, which examines how the memory of the First World War shaped the attitudes and subjective masculinities of those who served in the Second World War. I also continue to collaborate with Prof. Gurney and Dr Grant on the outputs of 'National Service Life Stories', including a monograph which examines how National Service shaped the lives of a generation of British men. I have published articles on several aspects of the memory and legacy of the First World War in Britain, in Historical Journal and Twentieth Century British History (see ‘Research Outputs’ tab for more detail).

As a result of my interest in oral history, I co-convene the Oral History Society’s seminar series at the Institute for Historical Research and teach on the Oral History Society's annual Oral History Spring School at the IHR.

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Postal address:
Department of History
School of Humanities
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom