- Sofya Anisimova
- Sarah Ashbridge
- Erin Becker
- Nina Baker
- Rachel Ball
- Louise Bell
- Lucy Betteridge-Dyson
- Sarah Bottomley
- Laura Burkinshaw
- Rachel Campbell
- Maeva Carla Chargros
- Sharon Bennett Connolly
- Louise Fein
- Katharine Fellows
- Emma Forth
- Alexandra Gillgrass
- Pip Gregory
- Alice Hall
- Amy-Lee Haynes
- Gemma Hollman
- Kathryn Humphries
- Linda Parker
- Lucie Pebay
- Sabrina Pennetta
- Ashleigh Percival-Borley
- Catherine Phipps
- Linda Pike
- Louise Provan
- Louise Quick
- Agas Ramirez
- Lisa Randisi
- Lizzie Rogers
- Ella Sbaraini
- Lucy Santos
- Stephanie Seul
- Megan Shaw
- Islay Shelbourne
- Gil Skidmore
- Olivia Smith
- Carla-Jean Stokes
- Gabrielle Storey
- Jessica Storoschuk
- Aoife Sutton
- Dominique Triggs
- Moyra Turkington
- Charlotte White
- Annie Whitehead
- Beth Wyatt
- Marva Yates
- Sabrina Yates
My name is Sofya Anisimova, I am a postgraduate research student at the University of St Andrews. I am working on Russia’s military strategy and the Entente during the First World War. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and a Master’s degree in History of War from King’s College London.
I have been fascinated with the First World War since my first year at university, and I am interested in many aspects of the conflict. Apart from military strategy I work on memory and social history of Russian Expeditionary Force in France, First World War veterans in Russia and the role of military uniforms in the image of a revolutionary in 1917-1919.
Sarah is a PhD Student in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield, co-supervised in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Military Identification: Identity discs 1914-18 and the recovery of fallen soldiers’, and explores the development and use of identity discs (“dog tags”) before and during the First World War, considering how this information can be utilised by archaeologists, heritage professionals and the British Army today. Sarah’s research began in 2013 during her MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation (Bradford), following the completion of a degree in Combined Honours of Arts (History and Egyptology) at the University of Liverpool.
Sarah has completed archaeological placements with Operation Nightingale and Rueben Willaert BVBA (Belgium), and an archival placement at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Archive. She has also worked as a volunteer archaeologist on the Dig Hill 80 project. Her archaeological focus is the recovery of fallen soldiers.
Professionally, Sarah is the founder and organiser of the Modern Conflict Research Symposium event series. She also works as the administrator for the Leeds University Centre for African Studies, and she is a member of the General Committee for the British Commission for Military History.
Erin Becker is a Volunteer Coordinator at a small maritime museum on Long Island, New York. In 2017, she earned her BA in Anthropology and History from Stony Brook University. In 2018, she earned her MA in History. In 2020, Erin earned her MS in Nonprofit Administration through Louisiana State University Shreveport. Erin’s history research interests focus on the convergence of women, labor, and the environment through a global extractive maritime economy. Her work in museums grapples with investing local peoples in their resources (historical, archaeological, and environmental) as stakeholders through outreach, education, and the development of new public programming. She is committed to making programming more culturally inclusive. She has written for Gotham Center for New York City History, New York History Blog, Read More Science, and Global Maritime History. She is a cofounder of the Scholars Beyond the Tower: Conversations from Our Fields podcast. She can be found at @ErinE_Becker on Twitter.
Dr Nina Baker has had a varied career, having become a Merchant Navy deck officer on leaving school and later taken an engineering design degree in her 30s, from the University of Warwick. She then gained a PhD in concrete durability from the University of Liverpool. She has lived with her family in Glasgow since 1989, working variously as a materials lecturer in further education and as a research administrator and, until 2017, as an elected city councillor. Now retired from all that, her interest in promoting STEM careers for girls has led her to become an independent scholar, specialising in the history of women in engineering. She is the volunteer historian for the Women’s Engineering Society
I’m Rachel Ball, Assistant Principal i/c Teaching and Learning and passionate History teacher. I’ve been teaching 19 years in a large Academy in Salford. I’m a Mum of two and fully know the juggle of working full-time with children. I’m an enthusiastic reader and love keeping fit, especially weight-training.
I am a AHRC CDP funded PhD researcher at the University of Leeds and The National Archives, looking at British state provision of prosthetic limbs in the two world wars. This continues my research interests in disability history and history of medicine, as well as military history. My MSc (from the University of Strathclyde) was titled: “Broken in the War: Prosthetic Limbs for British Soldiers During the Great War.” I spent a great deal of the centenary period working as the First World War Diverse Histories Researcher at The National Archives. And, on the back of this, my first book was published (with Pen and Sword) in November 2018, called: Images of The National Archives: Armistice.
Lucy Betteridge-Dyson is a military historian and MA student (History of Britain and the First World War) at the University of Wolverhampton. She has a particular interest in the First World War along with the South-East Asian theatre of the Second World War, notably the Third Arakan Campaign. In 2019 she founded Herstory Club.
A battlefield guide and horse lover, her current research focuses on the use of equines in 20th century warfare and the story of the real war horse in the First World War. An enthusiastic public speaker, she is passionate about engaging a wider audience with the history of the First and Second World Wars, having worked with the BBC, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Royal British Legion.
My name is Sarah and I am 25. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember; it was my favourite subject at school, and the one I eventually went on to study at university. I graduated from MMU in 2017 with a bachelor’s in Social History. In 2018, I graduated from the University of York with an MA in Cultural Heritage Management. I have been a National Trust volunteer amongst other roles over the last few years. I am currently in the process of applying for my PhD at the University of York, in which I want to research the missing narratives of women in our museums/heritage sites. Many places take a ‘general’ view or go with a male-centric narrative which I believe should be challenged. I am very excited to explore this subject area further and see what the future brings for my career. I would love to teach at university level one day, as I think education is my calling. However, I hope this can transcend into the museum sector as well!
Laura Burkinshaw, a maritime and cultural historian, is a PhD researcher with the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University. Her principal focus is on the representation of the Royal Navy in the British popular consciousness and the interplay between British society, Britishness and the sea. Her research specialises on the relationship between the Royal Navy and national identity during the First World War and interwar period. Examination of changing attitudes towards navalism, and the perception of the Navy held by the British public, are essential for determining any alterations to Britain’s national naval identity. Her research examines how this affected the naval elements of British identity, society and culture. Her Masters thesis ‘Goodbye to Tom Bowling’ examined the evolving representation of Jack Tar in the British popular consciousness, between 1793-1835.
Rachel is an aspiring curator, with a particular interest in women’s histories and spaces in Museums. She is currently working with Space Invaders to set up a sister branch in Scotland & volunteering with the National Trust for Scotland’s taskforce Confronting Our Past. Rachel also runs the blog Rachel’s Fact Files and can be found on Instagram and Twitter.
Maeva Carla Chargros
Currently a PhD student in History (2019-23) at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic), Erasmus Mundus Euroculture Master’s programme alumna (2017-19), I previously roamed the wild fields of Nordic studies and digital communications. I studied in 5 languages, 5 universities, 4 countries, and 6 cities. I currently research in 6 languages, while only writing in two. I happen to hate numbers unless they are historical; as I am writing this, the Middle Ages have started to get interesting with some Viking raids – which means it’s the morning. My research interests are too broad for such a short text, unfortunately. My PhD research includes the Czech nation-building process (1860-1920), victimhood nationalism, the First World War, Czech-American history, Czech-Jewish history, and I might add economic history (Interwar period) to this list soon. Also, I have a strong interest in jazz music and birdwatching, and I very seriously dedicated my MA thesis to my cat.
Sharon Bennett Connolly
Sharon Bennett Connolly has been fascinated by history her whole life. She has studied history academically and just for fun – and even worked as a tour guide at historical sites. For Christmas 2014, her husband gave her a blog as a gift – www.historytheinterestingbits.com – and Sharon started researching and writing about the stories that have always fascinated, concentrating on medieval women. Her latest book, Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth Century England, released in May 2020, is her third non-fiction book. She is also the author of Heroines of the Medieval World and Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest. Sharon regularly gives talks on women’s history, she is a feature writer for All About History magazine and her TV work includes Australian Television’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?‘
Louise Fein has an MA in creative writing from St Mary’s university, London. Her first novel, People Like Us, is publishing in May 2020, also named Daughter of the Reich in the US and Canada editions, and is to be translated into 8 foreign languages. The book is set in 1930’s Leipzig and tells the story of Hetty, a young girl, fed a diet of Nazi propaganda and keen to play her part in Hitler’s thousand-year Reich, until she encounters Walter, a Jew. As the 1930’s spiral ever deeper into anti-Semitic fervour, Hetty’s relationship with Walter puts her beliefs into stark conflict. The novel was inspired by the experience of her father’s family, who escaped from the Nazis and arrived in England as refugees in the 1930’s. Louise is currently working on her second novel, set in 1920’s England, and explores themes of class, social change and social stigma. Her novels, although set in the past, have a resonance and relevance with issues today.
As my dad is a historian, it’s been virtually impossible to escape discussions of history or visits to historical sites, thankfully my passion for history and for sharing history rivals his!
A trip to Venice with a friend opened my eyes to the Italian Renaissance and it was not surprising that I chose the BA course at Warwick University which offered a term in Venice. Despite a BA dissertation on the role gender played in the Northern Rising under Queen Elizabeth I (1569), I’ve always been a medievalist at heart. From Warwick I gained an MA in medieval history from Durham university where my dissertation focused on the Cathars of Languedoc. By chance when looking for a book on Pope Innocent III, I came across a book on the Borgia family which I devoured over a weekend. The subject of my doctoral thesis at St Peter’s College Oxford, was the earlier ecclesiastical career of Rodrigo Borgia (later Pope Alexander VI) where I focused on his role as vice-chancellor, legate, patron, head of a household and dean of the College of Cardinals. I have written on diabolic depictions of Borgia and violence in late medieval/early modern Rome and have recently discussed my research and the Borgia family on Pieces of History Podcast.
I’m a first year History PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. My research combines my passions for the First World War and film by exploring the development of early cinema, 1909-1918, across all four nations of the United Kingdom. For the last six months I have been producing the first database and maps of British and Irish cinemas in 1914, showcasing the position of cinema at the outbreak of the Great War. In a four-year hiatus from education prior to postgraduate study in 2018 I worked as a risk analyst; ran the admissions department in a high school; and was a receptionist and volunteer at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. I am an avid reader, theatregoer, and cross-stitcher, and when not frantically Marie Kondo-ing my possessions and renovating my flat and during a pandemic, I can be found watching superhero films and dreaming of museums.
I am 23 years old from Wales and have been interested in women’s history and gender history for a long time. My undergraduate dissertation was a study on the Women’s Institute with a focus on the Llanfair PG institute (the first to be erected in Britain). My masters dissertation was an exploration of the influence the one sex/ two sex model had on early modern society. I hope to start my PhD this year on lesbian history amongst the elite focussing on Anne lister and the Ladies of Llangollen. I’m a huge animal lover and am the proud owner of my zuchon Pip. My other interests include witchcraft, art and baking!
Having started university in 2002 at Bristol, Pip completed a few degrees, and went on to teach at secondary school, before returning to university in Kent to continue learning and complete her PhD on the humour in wartime political cartooning. Her interests expand widely across disciplines and periods having started in religion and theology, diverted through the Middle Ages and come out in the twentieth century. Additionally, she has worked collaboratively with comedians and drama students along the way. Her work continues to look at visual humour in cartoon works from the Great War, but also analyses satire and comedic illustrations through contemporary newspaper material considering the replication of icons, and memories for the artist and audience embodied within those images.
Alongside her research, she has taught at the universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church covering myriad aspects of British and international History from theories behind Stonehenge, to the Global Sixties. However, despite the changing time periods, she keeps her feet grounded in cartoon humour, and is currently assembling a book and articles related to that material.
Alice finds calmness in being creative, finding it helpful during her fight with depression. She has always had a keen interest in history, especially local history, so when she was asked about doing a show for Bradley Stoke Radio, the subject was easy to think of! She now produces and hosts ‘The BackTracker History Show’ featuring local stories that Alice has researched – often highlighting female input in our past! Doing the show from home with the amazing support of the studio has given Alice the flexibility to continue sharing awesome stories, even on those bad days that we all face from time to time.
Amy from Looking Back at History! I started to love history when doing my GCSEs and then A-Levels all because of some very awesome teachers. I then went on to study History at the University of the West of England which made me love the subject even more. I started Looking Back at History to continue to my passion and as a platform to share my research whilst travelling. I mainly focus on modern European history with a splash of all things political.
Gemma Hollman’s love of history began when she was a child, where she lapped up the Horrible Histories books and asked endless questions at school (probably to the frustration of her teachers). She later became intrigued as to how understudied the history of women was and, through her time at university, began to learn about a plethora of strong, intriguing and complicated women from the medieval period, a time she had always learnt was dominated by men. She now dedicates her research to uncovering the lives of these women through her books and her blog, Just History Posts.
I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember, having studied a wide range of topics during my undergraduate degree at Derby University, I found my passion for the First World War. I wrote essays on the poetry of the war, the memorials that were built after it ended, and my dissertation was on the use of blood transfusion on the Western Front. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in the First World War at Wolverhampton University.
Between completing my undergraduate degree and starting my masters I trained as a history teacher. I have enjoyed teaching all types of history, especially medicine through time. I also was lucky to represent my local British Legion branch at the Great Pilgrimage 90 in 2018, to mark 100 years of the end of the First World War.
Natasia Kalajdziovski is a PhD candidate at Middlesex University, where she was awarded a fully-funded research studentship to complete her studies. She holds a first-class MA from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and an Honours BA from the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Broadly speaking, her research examines the role and conduct of intelligence practice in counterterrorism in the national security context, using historical case studies as the foundation of her research. Global pandemic-pending, she intends to defend her thesis in autumn 2020.
Outside of academia, Natasia frequently contributes to publications in the counterterrorism field, and she consults with various organisations as a subject-matter expert in her areas of research expertise. Most recently, her work can be found in the Georgetown Security Studies Review, the British Council’s “Extremism Research Forum” and the Berghof Foundation’s “Community Perspectives on Violent Extremism” project. She is also a junior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).
In receiving a Master’s of Historical Research at the University of Stirling, a Postgraduate Certificate from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), and a baccalaureate degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Megan has completed specialized research in history, political science, and social psychology. Her current project focuses on the process of radicalization in Revolutionary America and the mechanisms of mobilization utilized by Patriot organizations.
Although she has been studying in the UK for several years, her hometown lies in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley, somewhere in between Amish Country and the city streets described by John Adams as “the dirtiest place in the world.” Outside of the office, she’s most often found meandering through National Trust properties, obsessing over the Washington Capitals, or listening to true crime podcasts.
Laura Klotz has a very unusual background, with highlights ranging from ten years working for the Internal Revenue Service to being an honorary vice-president of the Serbian video game company Eipix Entertainment. She is also, thanks to a quirky legal loophole, a Scottish noblewoman who quite honestly enjoys being called Lady Klotz. But in everyday life she’s an amateur historian whose primary focus is local apocrypha in her homeland of Pennsylvania, where her family has lived for more than 200 years. Through her blog, MarkerQuest, she explores and shares the state’s history as presented on markers erected by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, with their permission. She also volunteers with the website Find A Grave, researching genealogical connections and photographing cemeteries. In her spare time she makes great soup, plays a lot of video games, and travels as much as her health will allow. A published author and dilettante photographer, she delights in answering questions nobody actually asked her. She lives in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Lehigh Valley with her husband, sister, and three spoiled cats.
Fáilte! So I’m Marteen Lane, a Galway-based tour guide and cultural heritage writer from Co. Mayo, Ireland with a BA (Hons) in Heritage Studies. I have a passion for Ireland’s cultural heritage and a special interest in Irish women’s history and dark Irish history.
As a tour guide, I offer three unique walking tours that aim to showcase Galway from different perspectives. HerGalway Walking Tour tells the stories of remarkable women from all walks of life associated with Galway. Medieval Galway Tour transports the visitor back to medieval Galway, where they can still see the remnants of this period in history around the city. Galway Dark Tour exposes the visitor to the murky world of murders, executions, and deaths, sharing with them Galway’s dark past.
I’m excited to be starting an MA in Irish Studies with NUI Galway, which will deepen my love and expertise in Ireland’s cultural heritage. As a cultural heritage writer, I’m working on pitching articles on Irish cultural heritage to different publications. I believe that experiencing cultural heritage responsibly and expressing our own individual cultures is a human right.
Becky is a London born historian who, whilst studying history at university, began tour guiding around the CIty of Westminster using her knowledge of London and history to share the many tales the city has to offer.
5 years have passed since her first tour and in that time she has helped research and design a variety of tours around London and in its museums. Including launching her own tour company, Women of London in 2018. She now spends her time researching the stories of women for future tours, hosting collaboration events, organising the social media pages and just generally trying to increase the visibility of women in history.
The Domesday Book might seem an unlikely starting place for an adventure story for children – but that’s where Kate’s inspiration came from. Imagine if a smart, hungry boy got caught up in ‘the great count’ in 1086 and was forced to choose between loyalty to his community and working for an outsider who could offer adventure, as well as a way out of poverty? Research for my ‘history with a twist’ Middle Grade novel The Stone Feather led to a love affair with medieval manuscripts: so rich, complex and beautiful! This led Kate to explore parallels between intricate, absorbing Anglo Saxon images and the role of maps in children’s literature. Are both, perhaps, invitations to enter another world – and whose world might that be? Kate drew her own fictional maps for the project and ultimately history, art and literature all combined in her PhD with the theme ‘Here be stories’.
PhD Student; (working title) A Woman’s Work is Never Done’; Multi-Faceted Women’s Work in an Urban Framework within the Scottish Border, 1740-1890’, (2020-2025, Northumbria University).
MA; ‘Scottish Border Town Women and Subversion of Patriarchal Control 1707-1756’, (Distinction, 2018-2019, Northumbria University).
Once a biologist, then a mother, now a historian, aspiring novelist and always an artist.
Main interest in history from below focusing on women’s lives in the long eighteenth-century. Previous researching released women’s voices from the Kirk Discipline Books of Scotland. Now researching the changes in women’s lives actioned by the industrial revolution; with emphasis upon the textile trades of Edinburgh and south eastern towns of the Anglo-Scottish border region.
Also an aspiring novelist; writing my first novel based around the true stories of eighteenth-century women in south east Scotland and their subversion of the patriarchal kirk rules.
I’ve a passion for Social History – the whys, hows, wherefores of humanity’s evolution, with an emphasis on the quiet multitude. It came hand-in-hand with the desire to share what I had learnt and encourage others to do the same.
Delving into my own family’s story, the context surrounding their ancestral journey, how it blended with other members of the Italian diaspora, has given a rich perspective to my research. Their diverse, but intertwining paths have become current, connecting descendants across vast swathes of the globe.
Our ancestors’ stories have taught me a great deal about ‘History’ in its more formal, academic manifestation. It also led me to a better understanding of the present and brought me many new, like-minded friends.
And the journey, like education, is ongoing … never-ending
Charlotte MacKenzie lives in Cornwall where she is an historical researcher and writer. Her current research is on women writers and eighteenth century Cornwall. Charlotte won the 2016 Cardew Rendle prize awarded by the Royal Cornwall Museum for an article on ‘Cruel Coppinger: the women’s stories’ including the eighteenth century written application for legal separation of Mary Copinger. In addition to publishing books she has recently contributed articles for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall journal Troze, the Royal Institution of Cornwall journal, and Cornish Studies. She was previously a senior lecturer in history at Bath Spa University.
Nina Manninen is a PhD candidate who graduated with a Master’s degree in archaeology from University of Turku, Finland. Her work focuses on early modern material culture, especially renaissance clothing and textiles. In her Master’s thesis she examined the clothing of Catherine Jagiellon (1526-1583), princess of Poland and duchess of Finland, in contemporary inventories from Poland and Sweden. In her upcoming research she will cover all of Catherine’s possessions listed in the documents, including for example furnishings, tableware and even staff. She has also given various courses, lectures and interviews and written several articles on the subject.
In her free time she likes to engage in historical re-enacting and period handicrafts such as making medieval and renaissance clothing. She has reconstructed several clothing items mentioned in the inventories of Catherine Jagiellon’s possessions. To her reconstructing and using historically accurate items is not only fun but also essential to understanding the individuals and cultures behind them.
In a former life, Nikki worked as a financial journalist, editing magazines about credit trading and foreign exchange markets. She now writes historical fiction from a rural village in Buckinghamshire.
On Wilder Seas is her first novel, published in the UK in March 2020. Inspired by a true story, it tells the tale of Maria, the African woman who sailed on the Golden Hind with Sir Francis Drake during his circumnavigation voyage in 1579. As Drake detours into the far north to seek the Northwest Passage above America, Maria makes a bid for true freedom.
Earlier drafts were shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award and the Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition.
Nikki studied history at the University of Nottingham and creative writing at the Faber Academy in London.
Emma is a PhD student at the University of York’s Department of History. Her interests lie in the social history of early modern England, particularly lived experiences of domestic life, household management, illness and health, and the body more generally. Emma’s current research explores how sickness and healthcare intersected with power dynamics, identity and notions of order in English gentry households, c. 1650-1750. She primarily studies personal correspondence, alongside household accounts, medical recipe books and autobiographical writing. This project is funded by the Wolfson Foundation and grew out of two previous dissertations. For her Master’s degree at York, she examined marital conflict in the seventeenth-century church courts. Her undergraduate thesis, completed at Durham University, focused on laywomen’s medical recipes, and was awarded the ‘Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year’ prize by the Royal Historical Society and History Today magazine in 2017. An article based on this work was published in History Today in April 2018.
Dr Alison Mayne (University of Edinburgh) is a researcher in handcraft, wellbeing, everyday adaptation of social media technologies, amateur making and textile history.
Her PhD explored the different ways that amateur making in knit and crochet – crafted alone and shared on Facebook – could have implications for subjective perceptions of wellbeing. She has also spoken and written on representation of knit on Instagram, remaking historic clothing, fashion in Spare Rib magazine and her own textile practice.
Current work is focused on the textiles of the Hope MacDougall Collection at Dunollie Castle, Museum and Grounds, Argyll and the archives of James Porteous & Co, Clackmannanshire wool manufacturer.
Claire Miles runs the popular history blog Hisdoryan, which helps people live in the past everyday. She is also the founder of the #historygirls Instagram community and The History Bookshelf, an online history book club. Her background is in Welsh history, especially medieval, early modern and Welsh women’s history.
Beth is co-founder of the Great War Group and a military historian specialising in the First World War. Her main subjects of interest are regiments from the Midlands and the work of the Military Police. Beth is also a battlefield tour guide, a job that she loves and holds very dear as she gets to talk about her favourite subject in her favourite places in the world. When she isn’t working on something to do with the First World War, Beth enjoys reading, watching football, particularly the fortunes of West Bromwich Albion; or embracing her inner child and delving into a Disney film or two!
Heather graduated from Queens in 2009 with BA Hon’s in Archaeology. She worked in commercial archaeology before commencing her doctoral studies in 2012. Her research comprised the historical archaeological landscape analysis of Ireland’s First World War training camps; thesis, entitled: Training Kitchener’s New Army, 1914-18: An Archaeological Perspective on the Irish Experience.This study considered the Nature of British military training in Ireland during the First World War (1914-1918) through the evaluation of methods employed in the training of Ireland’s volunteer recruits. This critical examination led to the identification of previously unrecognised archaeological remains throughout Ireland, illustrating how these remains represent a wealth of unstudied and largely unknown Irish First World War heritage, presenting significant new evidence that challenged the existing historical narrative on the training of the new Irish Divisions. Heather is currently working as research archaeologist/assistant excavation director at the Centre for Community Archaeology, Queen’s University, Belfast.
My name is Malia Ogawa, I received my MA in Modern History from King’s College London in 2016. I’ve studied a wide range of topics – the Japanese American experience during WWII, France during WWII, Napoleon (his rhetoric, accomplishments, troop morale), Napoleonic soldiers, and fashion history. I have a fashion history blog called Cyclicity that traces the history of fashion and its trends through the years.
My name is Maria Ogborn and in 2020 completed a MA in Military History from the University of Birmingham. My other love is for silent and early film, especially the work of Charlie Chaplin and comedies of Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers. I have recently written an article for History Today Magazine and begun a blog focusing on military history. You can follow my rambling on Twitter!
My main research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth century British visual culture with specialism in gender and sexuality, other research areas are class and cultural history, female insanity of the Victorian era. I am currently undertaking a PhD at Keele University researching the visual imagery of the early twentieth century women’s movement.The principal aims of my PhD will analyse the contribution of the arts and crafts to the women’s movement of the early twentieth century, it will focus on the themes of gender, class and militancy in pro and anti-suffrage imagery.
I am an author and independent scholar who completed PhD at Birmingham University in the Department of Modern History 2013.
My main historical interests are 20th century history, particularly chaplaincy and military history. I am also an enthusiast about polar history and its relevance to military history
Since 2009 I have been writing for Helion and Co and have published 6 books on 20th century military history . I have also contributed to several volume of collected essays on various topics.
My most recent book is Nearer My God to Thee: Airborne Chaplains in the Second World War (Helion 2020)
I enjoy travelling to conferences to give papers, see the world and meet likeminded historians. I am a member of the Western Front Association and the Second World War Research Group.
Lucie Pebay is a first year UCAS funded Ph.D Student in Politics, Languages and International Studies. Prior to starting her PhD at Bath University, she earned a Masters in English Studies back in her home country France, and a Masters in Strategic Studies at the University of Aberdeen. Lucie’s research interests include military intervention, military transformation and strategy. Her previous research project looked into the strategic relevance of interventionism through an analyses of recent French military interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is now working on her thesis focusing on French strategic culture and military transformation.
My historical interests lie in the vastly complex twentieth century, with a specific focus on social, cultural, and gender history. I graduated from the University of Calgary with BA Honours in History and a BA in Italian Studies in 2019. My honours research examined representations of women in print culture in relation to fashion and sports in Interwar Italy and the subtle and overt ways in which gender challenged the Fascist regime. It was a fascinating, and tiresome, project! I took a year off to recuperate and relax – albeit it’s a bit difficult to do this during a pandemic – but I was kept busy by my work as a Research assistant at a not-for-profit organization. I will be starting my education degree in Calgary in Fall 2020 and I am eagerly looking forward to going back to school. In my free time, I enjoy reading crime dramas and Italian short stories, baking, and watching historical dramas!
Ashleigh Percival-Borley is a military and gender historian with an MA in War, Culture and Society and is currently studying an MA in Military History. Her current research focuses on women’s history in a military context, examining discourses of gender and how it interconnects with cultural representations of war in the twentieth century. She has researched widely on the SOE and the women who worked for F Section as secret agents during the Second World War. Discussing how these remarkable women have been represented in popular history since 1945. Her work on the SOE has led her to recently contribute to local museum exhibits.
Ashleigh’s passion for military history derives from her 12-year service in the Royal Army Medical Corp in the British Army, of which she served overseas on conflict and humanitarian operations. Her military service allows her to take a unique perspective on less known topics of women’s history and its intersection with military history which she writes about in her blog The Soldier-Historian.
When not studying history, Ashleigh likes to take her daughter out walking, to read with a cup of tea and go rock climbing!
My name is Catherine Phipps and I’m a DPhil Student in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford. My work focuses on gender, sexuality and colonialism in French Morocco in the early 20th century, looking at the intimate aspects of colonial rule through sex work, interracial relationships and queer history.
My name is Linda Pike and I am a part time PhD Candidate at the University of Worcester. My thesis concerns cinema-going in the Midlands during the Second World War. From seeing Pinocchio as a four year old in the Clifton, Coseley, I have been in love with film, especially Anthony Mann westerns with James Stewart, although my favourite film is Gone With the Wind. To complement my fascination with the moving image, I have been a film projectionist since 1985!
I am an architect living in Scotland and I am a naval history nerd who is bit obsessed with Admiral “Jacky” Fisher.
From a young age I had a passion for history, albeit back then it was for Scottish History, but at the time I didn’t have the opportunity to take that interest further and study history at university, instead I graduated as an architect. Eventually I was able to follow my passion and went back to university to do an MA in military history while still working full time. This has allowed me to develop my main historical interest which is the Great War at Sea with the topic of my thesis being “Why was Germany unable to win the maritime war between 1914-1918” I am particularly fascinated by what happened in the years immediately leading up to the outbreak of the Great War.
I also have an interest in the Arab revolt and the middle east during the First World War. I am currently trying to work out how I can go back to university to do a PhD which is lifetime ambition or, failing that, I might try to write a book – probably about Admiral Fisher!
Louise Quick is an experienced multimedia journalist, content writer, and proud history nerd.
She completed her Public History MA from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2018. Her MA project featured a YouTube cookery series, recreating Edwardian vegetarian recipes in a bid to highlight the little-known fact that many of Britain’s Suffrage campaigners were vegetarians. The project was called ‘Suffrage Eats’, (a pun she is far too proud off).
Before her MA, Louise worked as a lifestyle journalist in Dubai, but returned to the UK to pursue her love of history. She has since written forThe Guardian and All About History, and produced educational video series for Historic Royal Palaces and History Bombs.
Agas Ramirez is the creator and host of HERstory Southeast Asia, a podcast about female historical and mythical figures, matriarchal societies, and contemporary feminist icons. Often applying a post-colonial feminist lens to research, her areas of interest include women’s representation in politics and media, women-oriented legislation, and regional sex tourism. She has presented papers at conferences like the 2017 Consortium for SEA Studies in Asia (SEASIA), 3rd International Indonesian Forum for Asian Studies, and 2016 Sizihwan International Conference on Asia-Pacific Studies. She also writes fiction, and her short story, Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno was published in Binghamton University’s biannual literary magazine, Harpur Palate. When she is not researching for HERstory Southeast Asia, she is working on her Indonesian language skills and hunting for unique finds in Manila’s many thrift shops. She has a Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman and was a participant in the second International Summer School on Transnationalism at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Lisa is a public archaeologist, museum professional, historical dancer and aspiring filmmaker. She believes in the power of telling stories, and that all historians have a responsibility to be storytellers.
She can usually be found excavating on the Mongolian steppe in the summer, at 19th-century balls during the festive season, in a range of London museums on weekdays working with collections and events, and conducting research and community engagement the rest of the time.
Her current and previous research includes:
- The relationship between the past and modern-day communities in Mongolia
- The Bronze and Iron Age on the Mongolian steppe
- The archaeology of Golden Age piracy in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean
- Military oral histories
- Dance and fashion in the late 18th to early 20th centuries
- Women in archaeology past and present
- Depictions of archaeology in pop culture
Lisa is also interested in presenting the past through sensory experiences, and has organised a number of events, tours, displays and dance demonstrations. Amongst others, she has worked with the National Army Museum, UCL, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Grant Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of London.
Lizzie Rogers is a historian of eighteenth-century Women’s History and the English country house. Her research focusses on the collecting practices and learning of elite women within the eighteenth-century country house, and how they can be read as part of wider intellectual movements. She is interested in curiosity, conversation and collecting, and how the social and material aspects of Enlightenment culture could enable elite women to flourish. She has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the University of Hull, where she also completed her BA and MRes, specialising in History of Art and Gender History.
Alongside her studies, Lizzie has volunteered at the National Trust and the University of Hull Art Collection, where she conducted tours, ran the social media and had the chance to speak to media outlets. She also spent a summer as a Curatorial Intern at Stratford Hall in Virginia researching and creating an online exhibition of the Margaret Law Collection.
A lover of art, reading and writing, Lizzie runs her own history blog at https://historylizzie.co.uk/.
Lucy Jane Santos is an expert in the history of 20th century leisure, health and beauty, with a particular interest in (some might say obsession with) the cultural history of radioactivity. Writes & talks (a lot) about cocktails and radium.
Lucy grew up in Norwich before attending UCL to graduate in Egyptian Archaeology. Since then she has received a MA in Museum and Heritage Management, a MRes in Modern British History and a Diploma in Journalism.
Lucy’s career began in museums and private members’ clubs and she is now the Executive Secretary for the British Society for the History of Science. In the past, she has also worked as Secretary of the Authors’ Club, the Director of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Historical Writers’ Association. Lucy has worked for the Gourmet Society, where she was editor, and at The International Food and Wine Society.
Ella Sbaraini is a first-year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She completed her BA (2018) and MPhil (2019) at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD, which is funded by the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship, is entitled ‘The Suicidal in England and Wales, 1700-1850’, and aims to explore the experience of feeling suicidal in this period. Her work engages with the history of the emotions, and seeks to be part of a ‘suicide history from below’ which re-centres suicidal people in our historical narratives.
Ella’s main interests are in the history of the emotions, death and sex. Her first academic article – ‘Those that prefer the ripe mellow fruit to any other’: Rethinking depictions of middle-aged women’s sexuality in England, 1700-1800’ – was recently published by Cultural and Social History. It argues that middle-aged women could, contrary to current scholarly beliefs, be extremely erotic figures in this period.
Stephanie Seul is a historian of media and communication and a researcher at ‘Deutsche Presseforschung’, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Bremen. She studied history at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. Her research focuses on the German and international press and radio in the era of the two world wars; in particular on British propaganda during the 1930s and the Second World War, on media representations of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and on women war reporters during the First World War. Stephanie’s writing has appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals, including the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, Jewish Historical Studies, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Media History, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, and 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War. She is a member of the editorial board of Media History(Taylor&Francis).
Megan Shaw is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Auckland working on a cultural history of Katherine Villiers, Duchess of Buckingham (neé Manners, 1603–1649). The duchess is best known as the wife and widow of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592–1628), royal favourite to both James I and Charles I. Katherine is, however, a worthy subject of study in her own right! Megan is interested in material culture, women and kinship, mourning, royal favourites and Catholicism at the Stuart court. Outside of academia, she is also the Administration and Archive Assistant for the Chartwell Trust whose art collection is held at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in New Zealand.
Islay is currently in her second year of an MRes at the Institute of Historical Research. Her thesis draws upon environmental, medical and animal history methodologies in order to explore the role of nature within historical understandings of viruses and viral pandemics. After completing her MRes, she hopes to pursue a PhD in order to question how human-environment relations influenced scientific and cultural understandings of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. More broadly, Islay is interested in animal-human interactions within science and medicine, with her undergraduate dissertation, completed at Queen Mary, University of London in 2019, exploring the paralleled commodification of human and equine bodies within the work of the Army Veterinary Corps on the Western Front. When she isn’t buried under mountains of books, Islay can be found volunteering with the Imperial War Museum or taking long walks in local woodland.
I am a retired librarian and independent researcher working on 18th century Quaker history and particularly on the life of Catherine Payton Phillips (1727-1794). The 18th century has often been dismissed in Quaker circles as a time when Friends were entirely inactive and inward-looking but this attitude is changing and I am keen to be part of the change.
I have written short biographies of a wide variety of Quakers as well as contributing 14 articles to Oxford DNB. Some of the posts on my blog https://stumblingstepping.blogspot.com/ are related to Quaker history. I have had two books published by Yale University Press, Strength in weakness; a collection of writings by 18th century Quaker women (2003) and Elizabeth Fry; a Quaker Life (2005). I have written many articles in different journals and was President of the Friends Historical Society in 2011, giving an address on Catherine Payton Phillips. I am at present editor of the Journal of the Friends Historical Society.
As well as writing I have also given many different courses and workshops on spiritual autobiography and on various aspects of Quaker history to both Quaker and non-Quaker audiences. I am eager to share the lives and words of Quakers, particularly women, with as broad an audience as possible.
Olivia is a public historian with an extensive historical research background in academic, television and guiding industries.
Having once been described as a ‘history nut’, Olivia’s passion for history drove her to excel in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees at the University of Essex.
Her drive for public history stems from her experience as a Commonwealth War Graves Commission intern during the final months of the First World War centenary. Since then, Olivia has worked with Women of London, guiding and researching historical tours focussing on all aspects of female history and is currently working as a historical advisor in the television industry. Olivia is striving towards her careers goal of “the positive promotion of historical education for everyone”
Carla-Jean Stokes has a Masters of History from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Masters of Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. Carla-Jean won the 2015 Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” later published in Photographic Canadiana. She has also written for the Laurier Centre for Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Legion and Espirit de Corps magazine, and has given talks on First World War photography throughout her home province of British Columbia, Canada. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Ryerson Image Centre’s Elaine Ling Fellowship for her project, “‘Somewhere in France:’ Contextualizing the Ryerson Image Centre’s Collection of Canadian First World War Photographs.”
Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Storey is a researcher at the University of Winchester. Her primary interests focus on the intersections of queenship, gender, sexuality, and power in the medieval period. Her PhD thesis examines Angevin royal women in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and how their familial and marital relations affected their ability to wield power.
Gabby has published a chapter on queens on crusade in Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Political Agency, Myth-Making and Patronage, and has an edited volume on the memory of monarchy coming soon!
My name is Jessica Storoschuk, also known as The Historian from http://AnHistorianAboutTown.com. I have two undergraduate degrees and an MA in History. I focus on history, culture, and style, and am always hoping to make history as accessible possible. You will find royal history, ballet history, and fashion history on the blog, in addition to book recommendations and dance and theatre reviews. In 2020, people have realised that culture and the arts are truly at the heart of our society- we have streamed performances, listened to podcasts, and devoured books. It is time to celebrate those artists and creators, and appreciate where they’ve come from. I don’t limit myself to one period of history- anything from the late medieval onward can appear on the blog. I’ve always had several fascinations at once in history, and it seems that many readers do, as well. Royal history and fashion history are always favourites of mine, because they intersect with our lives in more ways than we often realise. You can find me at http://AnHistorianAboutTown.com, and you can follow my adventures and thoughts on Instagram at @AnHistorianAboutTown and Twitter at @AnHistorianBlog. I also host the @HistoriansOnTheLoose community on Instagram, where anyone can share their historical adventures wherever they are! The #AnHistorianReads Book Club is going strong in our second year, and is welcome to anyone interested in reading classic literature. History should always be accessible and interesting, and I love to hear from anyone interested!
My name is Aoife Sutton, and I am PhD student in the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford, my thesis is entitled ‘Pathological Bodies: Specimen Preservation, Death, and Display in Britain, 18-19th centuries’. My topic will investigate the origins, ethics and attitudes towards the retention of fluid preserved human remains in museums and universities (i.e. anatomical specimens), and whether or not they can help open up discussion on todays’ organ donations. Having completed my MSc. in Bioarchaeology at University of York, I went on to work as a lab technician in the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds (2016-2017). Since March 2020, I have worked as a project assistant on the AHRC funded project ‘The Continuing Bonds Project’ at the University of Bradford which uses archaeological material to open up conversations about death and dying in todays’ society. I also run my own blog called The Pathological Bodies Project (pathologicalbodiesproject.home.blog), here I write about topics such as the archaeology, the history of medicine, embalming, death, and disease. I have undertaken training with an embalmer in a local undertaker, and I have also undertaken training at the Digital Autopsy Suite at the Bradford Mortuary. I have always had an interest in history since I was a teenager, my first job was a tour guide in the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, Hook Lighthouse (built c. 1200) in Wexford, Ireland. Working here part time for eight years allowed me to appreciate the past, and I went on to pursue my love of archaeology and history.
Hello my name is Dominique and I created my history blog Some Sources Say back in 2016 to continue researching and writing about history after completing my History and Sociology Degree at the University of Leeds. In my blog I dive into archival records and secondary literature to discover fascinating historical people, places and events. I love too many different eras to commit to a niche, so this blog is a general historical ride, one month we might be in Edwardian England and another in 1950’s America!
Moyra Turkington is a game practitioner that hails from Toronto Canada. She is the creator and curator of the War Birds collective – an international team of female and non-binary game designers that are writing live action and tabletop roleplaying games that highlight the contributions of women fighting on the front lines of history. The games of the collective are immersive, educational, and deeply political. They invite players to rediscover forgotten history through transformative play. These games started with a focus of WWII but are now rapidly expanding to other conflicts and moments of history.
Her latest games include:
- Rosenstrasse, a game about the women who took to the streets to demand that the Third Reich return their Jewish husbands home (codesigned with Jessica Hammer)
- Against the Grain which zooms in on the Baltimore Maryland Western Electric hate strike that was leveled at Black female factory workers on the WWII homefront and examines how freedom and empowerment is not equitably extended.
- Model Protectorates, which examines the way that gender roles constrict heroic opportunity (in Denmark under German occupation)
- Nightingales which looks at the wide contributions of wartime nurses across the ages and the globe (codesigned with Misha Bushyager and Rachel E.S. Walton as well as a growing team of setting creators)
- Lumberjills, in which women of the Women’s Timber Corps find their confidence, capacity, beauty and love under the stars.
She is also obsessed with righting the redlinks of historical women on wikipedia, most forms of fibre arts, and always seeing more of the world.
Cake Designer, dreamer, and Carolean 17th Century obsessive.Charlotte White is better known for running Restoration Cake and for her books Burlesque Baking and Deliciously Decorated. However, when she is not travelling the country hosting food festivals, Charlotte is buried in a vast collection of history books. A self-confessed ‘fan’ of the Restoration era 1660-1685, Charlotte has spent the last twenty years consuming any information on the subject that she can find and building relationships with characters from the past. Her historical crush is George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Charlotte has brought her love of history into her work several times including writing a cake-decorating tutorial for a cake inspired by King Charles II and imagining baking for historical figures on her blog and in her podcast Fantasy Bakes.
Annie Whitehead studied History under the eminent Medievalist Ann Williams. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and an editor for EHFA (English Historical Fiction Authors.) She has written three award-winning novels set in Anglo-Saxon England, including To Be A Queen, the story of Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, daughter of Alfred the Great. She writes nonfiction too and Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom was published by Amberley Books in 2018. She has contributed to fiction and nonfiction anthologies and written for various magazines, including winning the New Writer Magazine Prose Competition. She was the winner of the inaugural Historical Writers’ Association/Dorothy Dunnett Prize 2017. She has recently been a judge for that same competition, and for the HNS (Historical Novel Society) Short Story Competition. Her latest book, Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England, is published by Pen & Sword Books.
Beth is a cultural historian and heritage professional. She is primarily interested in social and cultural histories of modern Britain and Germany, encompassing themes such as war, gender, the environment, and period drama and cinema. She recently completed Birkbeck, University of London’s Historical Research MA programme, writing her dissertation on First World War landscapes.
Beth is a cultural historian and heritage professional. She is primarily interested in social and cultural histories of modern Britain and Germany, encompassing themes such as war, gender, the environment, and period drama and cinema. She recently completed Birkbeck, University of London’s Historical Research MA programme, writing her dissertation on First World War landscapes.
If the two sisters were in Tudor England high school Marva, the older sister of the Sistory Untold sisters, would have been voted “most likely to get her head chopped off for saying something inappropriate.” Sabrina would have been voted “most likely to run away from school, dress as a man, and join a travelling bard troupe”
Marva started her career was as a dancer and she has been shaking her ‘pom poms’ across the United States and Europe, never staying in one place for too long. Her inability to sit still has taken her quite literally from being a history major (1 semester) to a performer to now podcaster. The one thing that has remained constant in Marva’s life is her love of a wild, emotionally unstable, power hungry woman (bonus points if they are a medieval woman named Margaret).
She was inspired to start Sistory Untold by her love of rewritten history, like the novels of Philippa Gregory, or the musicals Six, Juliet, Hamilton and Chicago. Outside of women’s history, her hobbies include watching all of the Real Housewives, eating pancakes at all times of the day and night, dancing (obs), and lying on the beach. If this Podcast doesn’t work out, her plan is to grow one and a quarter inches and get a job dancing at the moulin rouge.
Sabrina is a self-proclaimed nerd and has a hankering to know a lot about a lot, but directs most of her brain power toward 18th century literature. She also strives to be an accomplished woman in the Austenian sense, and as such dabbles in embroidery, painting, and piano (when it suits her, which is rarely).
An early morning phone call from Marva is what initially drew her to Sistory Untold. But a lifetime of looking up to her grandmothers and their sisters, and obsessing over the strong bonds between women in everything from 14th century convents to the cult classic Clueless made her eager to get on board.
If for some inexplicable reason this podcast doesn’t become wildly successful, Sabrina intends to move to a large manor in the Welsh countryside and start a literary salon that’s equal parts Blue Stockings Society and Black Panthers.