Originally from the Waveney Valley in Suffolk, I've now lived in the North-West of England for almost two decades. To my delight, I'm told this makes me an honourary Northerner, an identity I try to live up to by using - probably wrongly - such terms as 'aye', 'lass', and 'mill' as frequently as possible (ie. 'Aye lass', that's a very nice 'mill' over there....). When not reading World War II histories, Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, or anything by Roger Deakin (poet of water, and the woods), I can often be found hiking the Lakeland fells with my ridiculously excitable Labradoodle, Molly, running the occasional marathon, or cycling through the Forest of Bowland (please note: not with Molly. I tried, but she can't peddle to save her life). For reasons that I still don't fully understand, these interests and idiosyncrasies are lovingly indulged by my partner Nicola and our daughter, Megan. On Fridays, I repay their indulgence by cooking enormous quantities of bolognese whilst drinking red wine and dancing to classic 80s power-ballads.The latter, I'm told, is very bad, and borders on the distressing. I persist regardless.
To date, much of my work has examined the cultural legacies of twentieth century conflict. My book, Allies in Memory (2015), explored the emergence of transatlantic commemoration in post-1945 Europe via a focus on the memorial building and battlefield pilgrimages of American veterans. Current work explores the arrival, impact and legacy of the American Expeditionary Forces in Britain between 1917 and 1919.
2003 - 2007
My work on transatlantic commemoration sparked further interest in Anglo-American cultural connections. Recent work has included an academic article examining the 'Anglicization' of Abraham Lincoln, an edited book about the postmortem legacy of Tom Paine, and a forthcoming article discussing British views of George Washington.
Landscape, Memory, Meaning
I'm beginning to branch out to look at the ways in which particular British landscapes have been experienced, imagined and portrayed in literature and sport. This has drawn me to explore the East Anglian origins of much contemporary 'new' nature writing, as well as the lakeland origins of some of the great fell running legends of the 1970s and 1980s. This latter project means I get to run up mountains and call it research. Which is nice.
2002 - 2003
MA Historical Research
1999 - 2002