Scholarly biography and interests

Dr Lucy Noakes is a Reader in social and cultural history, and has worked at the University of Brighton since 2007.

Her research focuses on the British experience and memory of total warfare in the twentieth century with a particular emphasis on gender. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was elected Honorary Secretary of the Social History Society from 2011-2014, hosting the Annual Conference of the Society at the University of Brighton in April 2012.  Within the University is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (Acting Director, 2016-17), and is the current Research Leader for the Humanities programme. She is Course Leader for the MA in Cultural History, Memory and Identity.

Lucy Noakes' 1998 monograph War and the British: Gender and National Identity, 1939-1991 continues to be cited in much current research into the social and cultural history of Second World War Britain and led to some recent research examining the memories of that war recorded on the BBC 'People's War' online archive (see Research Activity pages for details). The ways that war informs British national identity, and its place in popular memory, continue to be central to her work, leading to recent articles in BBC History magazine, work on the website Open Democracy and the organisation of two conferences in 2011: one in collaboration with the Royal Marines Museum entitled War, Silence and Memory in Modern Britain and the other at the University of Brighton entitled The Second World War: Popular Culture and Cultural Memory. This was organised in collaboration with Dr Juliette Pattinson of the University of Kent and Dr Petra Rau of the University of East Anglia and three edited collections based on the conference are published and forthcoming: Noakes L. & Pattinson, J. (eds) Keep Calm and Carry On: Britain and the Cultural Memory of the Second World War  Bloomsbury: 2013; P. Rau (ed.), Long Shadows:The Second World War in British Literature and Film. 1943 to the Present Northwestern University Press: 2013; and a special edition of the Journal of War and Culture Studies (Vol. 7, No 3, August 2014), 'Incarceration in the Second World War', edited with Juliette Pattinson and Wendy Ugolini (University of Edinburgh). Noakes, Pattinson and Ugolini co-authored an introductory essay 'Incarcerated Masculinities: Male POWs and the Second World War' for this volume, pp.179-90. In April 2014 she was an invited speaker in the  LSE/Churchill Archive Cambridge Annual Churchill Debate: 'Churchill as a Political icon'. In December 2015 she was an invited speaker at the workshop on comparative memories of the Second World War at Harvand University, Seoul, South Korea. Papers from this workshop are being published in an edited collection in South Korea.

Her ongoing interest in war and gender informed her next major piece of work, examining the relationship between gender and the military in 20th century Britain, published as a series of articles and book chapters, and as the monograph Women in the British Army: War and the Gentle Sex 1907-1948 (London: 2006). This piece of research took her to Australia in 2006 where, supported by a British Academy Grant, she worked at Macquarie University, Sydney, tracing the history of ex-Servicewomen migrants from Britain following the First World War. She has recently published two pieces of research in connection with this project: 'From War Service to Domestic Service', in Twentieth Century British History (22: 1, 2011) and 'Our Excess Girls' for BBC History Magazine. In connection with this research she was an invited participant in the AHRC 'Tailored Trades' research network, giving a paper at Exeter University on 'Eve in Khaki' at the fourth workshop.  In 2013 she gave the Keynote address at the Women's History Network Regional Conference, University of Worcester, on women in the post-war British army, published in the Autumn 2014 (no 76) issue of the Women's History Magazine.

Lucy is currently working on three distinct but inter-related research projects. The first is a study of death, grief and mourning in Second World War Britain, the final outcome of which will be a monograph published by Manchester University Press. The research sits at the interface between political and institutional history, as it critically analyses the development of public policy surrounding the management of civilian and military death in wartime, cultural memory, in its consideration of rituals of remembrance and commemoration and emotional history, in its investigation of the experience and articulation of grief in mid 20th century Britain. This research has been presented at conferences and research seminars in Britain, the United States, Canada and Italy, and in September 2013 she gave the keynote talk on 'Gender, Grief and Mourning in Wartime' to the 'Lessons of War' conference at the University of Lancaster. A recent output from this research is her article in The Journal of War and Culture Studies (8/1, 2015, pp72-85), 'Gender, Grief and Bereavement in Second World War Britain',  She was awarded a British Academy conference grant, with Claudia Siebrecht and Claire Langhammer, both of the University of Sussex, to hold a two day conference at the British Academy in the summer of 2014 entitled War: An Emotional History.  An edited collection on the same theme is under contract with Oxford University Press.  In October 2014 she delivered a public lecture and graduate workshop on this research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA in the George L. Mosse 'War and Intimacy' series of talks being convened by the Institute for Research in the Humanities. In 2015 she was invited by the AHRC to speak on this research at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. in a symposium on culture and conflict, organised as part of the Research Council's series of events marking its 10th anniversary.

The second is an examination of civil defence in Twentieth Century Britain. An article, 'Serve to Save',  drawing on this research was published in the Journal of Contemporary History (47: 4, 2012) and a co-authored chapter with Susan R. Grayzel which explores the relationship between gender, citizenship and civil defence since the First World War can be found in A. Carden-Coyne (ed.) Gender and Conflict (Palgrave: 2012). Noakes and Grayzel are recipients of an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Fellowship Award 2014-2016 for this work, the final outcome of which will be a jointly authored monograph which traces the shifting relationship between gender, civil defence and citizenship in Britain during the 20th century. Noakes and Grayzel have presented collaboratively and independently on this project at conferences and symposia in Britain, Spain and the United States

Her final  research project is shaped by the centenary of the Great War.  She is Co-Investigator in the AHRC Connected Communities 'Gateways to the First World War Centre', based at the University of Kent.  As part of this project, she has given numerous lectures and talks at museums, schools, universities and other public institutions on the centenary of the Great War, and is working closely with Heritage Lottery funded community history projects. Part of Noakes' research on the centenary of the war  is an international collaborative project examining the memory of the Battle of Fromelles (1916) across Australia, Britain and France, which she is working on with Professor Annette Becker (Paris X) and Professor Bruce Scates (Monash) as part of a wider project funded by the Australian Research Council examining the Australian memory of the First World War.  As part of this project, Noakes was an invited participant in the colloqium 'Landscapes of War, Commemoration Strategies and Heritage Management' held at the Academia Belgica, Rome, in 2012. In 2014 she commissioned a Mass Observation Directive which canvassed responses and reactions to centenary commemoration, and she presented her initial findings on this material at two international conferences in the autumn of 2015.   She has spoken widely on issues of war commemoration and the social history of warfare in Britain at a range of institutions and events including, in 2014-16, Woolwich Arsenal,  Bexhill Museum, the Royal United Services Institute, London and the British Embassy, Helsinki, Finland.

She is currently supervising eight PhD students working on histories of war, memory, commemoration and gender and welcomes informal enquiries from potential students wanting to undertake research in these or related fields.

 

Featured works and projects

British Cultural Memory and the Second World War

Investigating the construction and circulation of cultural memory of the war in Britain

Serve to save

Researching gender, citizenship and civil defence in Britain 1937-–941

From war service to domestic service

Examining the migration of women from Britain to Australia and other Dominions in the aftermath of the First World War

The BBC 'People’s War' Website

This chapter is part of on an ongoing piece of research on the relationship between ‘new’ interactive media and the production of memory.

Women in the British Army: War and the Gentle Sex, 1907-1948

Explores the ways in which the military is so strongly linked with masculinity and serves as a means of naturalising constructed gender identities.

Demobilising the Military Woman

Focuses on the period following the demobilisation of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1918 and examines discourses of gender and class.

Women and the Gulf War

Article engages with Baudrillard’s controversial arguments about the war, that media coverage acted to disengage audiences from the realities of war.

Eve in Khaki

Argues that women’s labour with the British military in WWI can be understood as a form of paid labour alongside other areas of women’s work.

Websites of Memory

An attempt to investigate the wider relationship between the internet as a ‘site of memory’ and memories of war, conflict and reconciliation.

Research activity

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 20.

Noakes, Lucy (2015) A broken silence? Mass Observation, Armistice Day and ‘everyday life’ in Britain 1937–1941 Journal of European Studies, 45 (4). pp. 331-346. ISSN 0047-2441

Noakes, Lucy (2015) Popular memory, popular culture: the war in the postwar world In: Geyer, M. and Tooze, A., eds. The Cambridge history of the Second World War. Total war: economy, society and culture. The Cambridge History of the Second World War, 3 . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 675-697. ISBN 978107039957

Noakes, Lucy (2015) Gender, grief and bereavement in Second World War Britain Journal of War and Culture Studies, 8 (1). pp. 72-85. ISSN 1752-6272

Noakes, Lucy (2015) ‘Deep England’: Britain, the countryside and the English in the Second World War In: Pattinson, J. and Ugolini, W., eds. Fighting for Britain? Negotiating identities in Britain during the Second World War. British Identities Since 1707, 7 . Peter Lang, Oxford, pp. 25-48. ISBN 9783034318242

Noakes, Lucy (2014) 'Gentle in manner, resolute in deed': women in the British army in the post-war years Women's History Magazine, 76. pp. 5-12. ISSN 1476-6760

Pattinson, Juliette, Noakes, Lucy and Ugolini, Wendy (2014) Incacerated masculinities: male POWs and the Second World War Journal of War and Culture Studies, 7 (3). pp. 179-190. ISSN 1752-6272

Noakes, Lucy and Pattinson, Juliette (2013) British Cultural Memory and the Second World War [Edited Collections]

Noakes, Lucy (2012) 'Serve to Save': Gender, Citizenship and Civil Defence in Britain 1937-1941 Journal of Contemporary History, 47 (4). pp. 734-753. ISSN 0022-0094

Noakes, Lucy and Grayzel, S.R. (2012) Defending the home(land): gendering Civil Defence from the First World War to the 'War on Terror' In: Carden-Coyne, A., ed. Gender and conflict since 1914: historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 53-70. ISBN 9780230280946

Noakes, Lucy (2011) Conference: the Second World War: popular culture and cultural memory Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. (Unpublished)

Noakes, Lucy (2011) War on the Web: Gender and Memory of the Second World War on the BBC 'People's War' Website In: The 15th Berkshire Conference on the HIstory of Women, 8-12 June 2011, University of Massachussetts, Amherst, USA. (Unpublished)

Noakes, Lucy (2010) From war service to domestic service: ex-servicewomen and the Free Passage Scheme 1919-22 Twentieth Century British History, 22 (1). pp. 1-27. ISSN 0955-2359

Noakes, Lucy (2010) Women and World War II In: Buckley, John and Kassimeris, George, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare. Ashgate, Franham UK, pp. 223-240. ISBN 9780754674108

Noakes, Lucy (2009) The BBC “People’s War” website McFarland, North Carolina, USA.

Noakes, Lucy (2008) 'Playing at Being Soldiers?' British women and military uniform in the First World War In: Meyer, Jessica, ed. British Popular Culture and the First World War. Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 123-146. ISBN 9789004166585

Noakes, Lucy (2008) “A disgrace to the country they belong to”: the sexualisation of female soldiers in First World War Britain Revue Lisa, VI (4). pp. 11-26. ISSN 1762-6153

Noakes, Lucy (2007) Demobilising the Military Woman: Constructions of Class and Gender after the First World War Gender & History, 19 (1). pp. 143-162. ISSN 14680424

Noakes, Lucy (2006) Women and the British Army: War and the Gentle Sex 1907-1948 Routledge, UK. ISBN 0415390575

Noakes, Lucy (2005) Eve in Khaki: Women Working with the British Military 1915-1918 In: Women and Work Culture: Britain 1850-1950. Ashgate, pp. 213-228. ISBN 0754650502

Noakes, Lucy (2002) Women and the War That Never Happened: British Women, Autobiography and Memory During the Gulf War In: Temporalities: Autobiography and Everyday Life. Manchester University Press, pp. 219-232. ISBN 071905575X

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Selected research by output type 

Monographs

  • Women in the British Army: War and the Gentle Sex, 1907-1948 (Oxford: 2006) ISBN: 0-415-39057-5
  • War and the British: Gender and National Identity 1939-1991 (London: 1998) ISBN: 1-86064-306

Edited Collections

  • British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (with Juliette Pattinson), (London: 2013) ISBN: 9781-4411-60577

Recent journal articles

  • 'A Broken Silence?' Mass Observation, Armistice Day and 'Everyday Life' in Britain, 1937-1941', Journal of European Studies, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2015, pp 331-346
  • 'Gender, Grief and Bereavement in Second World War Britain', Journal of War and Culture Studies,  Vol. 8, No. 1, February 2015 pp 72-85.
  • 'Gentle in Manner, Resolute in Deed': Women in the British Army in the Post-war Years', Women's History Magazine, No 76, Autumn 2014, pp5-12.
  • Special issue of Journal of War and Culture Studies, edited with Juliette Pattinson and Wendy Ugolini, 'Incarceration in the Second World War', Vol. 7, No. 3, August 2014.
  • 'Incarcerated Masculinities: Male POWs and the Second World War', with Juliette Pattinson and Wendy Ugolini, Journal of War and Culture Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3, August 2014 pp1179-190.
  • 'Serve to Save: Gender, Citizenship and Civil Defence in Britain: 1937-1941',Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2012
  • 'From War Service to Domestic Service: Ex-Servicewomen and the Free Passage Scheme 1919-1922', Journal of Contemporary British History, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2011, pp1-27
  • '"A Disgrace to the Country They Belong To": The Sexualisation of Female Soldiers in World War One Britain', La Revue LISA, LISA EJournal, Littératures, Histoire des Idées, Images, Sociétés du Monde Anglophone, (University of Caen, 2008),Vol. VI, no. 4, October 2008, pp11-26
  • 'Demobilising the Military Woman: Constructions of Class and Gender in Britain after the First World War', Gender and History, vol. 19. no. 1, April 2007, pp143-162

Recent chapters in edited collections

  • 'Popular Memory, Popular Culture: the War in the Postwar World', in M. Geyer and A. Tooze (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Second World War. Vol. 3. Total War: Economy, Society and Culture, (Cambridge: 2015), pp675-697.
  • ''Deep England': Britain, the countryside and the English in the Second World War', in W. Ugolini & J. Pattinson, (eds.), Fighting for Britain? National identities in Britain During the Second World War (Oxford: 2015) ISBN: 978-3-0343-1824-2
  • 'War on the Web': The BBC 'People's War' Website and Memories of Fear in Wartime in 21st Century Britain', in L. Noakes & J. Pattinson (eds.), British Cultural Memory and the Second World War, (London: 2013) ISBN: 9781-4411-60577
  • (With J. Pattinson), 'Keep Calm and Carry On: The Cultural Memory of the Second World War in Britain' in L. Noakes & J. Pattinson (eds.) British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (London: 2013), ISBN: 9781-4411-60577
  • (With S.R. Grayzel) 'Defending the Home(land): Gender and Civil Defence from the First World War to the Patriot Act', in A. Carden-Coyne (ed.) Gender and Conflict Since 1914: Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Hampshire: 2012) ISBN: 978-0-230-28095-3
  • ‘Women and World War Two’, in The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare, J. Buckley & G. Kassimeris (eds.) (Ashgate: 2010) ISBN: 978-0-75467-4108
  • ‘The BBC’s ‘People’s War’ Website’, in M. Keren & H. Herwig (eds.), War Memory and Popular Culture: Essays on Modes of Remembrance and Commemoration, (McFarland: North Carolina, 2009), ISBN: 978-0-7864-4141-9
  • 'Women and the War that Never Happened: British Women, Autobiography and Memory During the Gulf War’ in L. Trudeau (ed.), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 222 (Gale: 2009) (This is a republished version of an article originally published in 2002) ISBN: 978-1414-43514-5
  • 'Playing at Being Soldiers? British Women and Military Uniform in the First World War', in J. Meyer (ed.) British Popular Culture and the First World War, (The Netherlands:2008) ISBN:978-90-04-16658-5
  • ‘Eve in Khaki: Women Working with the British Military 1915-1918’, in K. Cowman & L. Jackson (eds.) Women and Work Culture in Britain, (London: 2005) ISBN: 0-7546-5050-2
  • 'Women Writing War' in, M. Spongberg et al (eds.) The Companion to Women’s Historical Writing (Basingstoke:  2005) ISBN: 9780-2303-39999
  • ‘Making Histories’ republished in G. Martel (ed.) The World War Two Reader, (New York: 2000) ISBN: 0-415-22403-9
  • 'Women and the Military' entry for S.R. Grayzel (ed.) Women, War and Society 1914-1918, CD-Rom, (Connecticut:  2005) the guide to the Imperial War Museum’s women and war research collections with introductory essays

Select recent papers delivered

  • 'British Cultural Memory of the Second World War in early 21st century Britain: An 'Ordinary Heroism'?', International Symposium on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II: Commemorating World War II and the Politics of Memory, Research Institute of Comparative History and Culture, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, 2015.
  • 'The 'Value' of Bodies and the 'Worth' of Grief: Towards a Gendered Emotional Economy of Death in Second World War Britain', AHRC 10th Anniversary Symposium. Culture and Conflict: Perspectives from the Past and the Present, Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, 2015
  • Keynote Address, D Day, Dunkirk and (a little) death: British Cultural Memory of the Second World War, Cultural Memory Conference, University of Greenwich, London, 2015
  • 'Remembrance and the Everyday: Mass Observation, the British and Armistice Day in the 1930s', University of Kingston, Public Lecture, 2015
  • 'A Broken Silence?: Armistice Day in Late 1930s Britain', American Historical Association Annual Conference, New York, 2015 (chosen for sponsorship by the North American Conference on British Studies)
  • 'Armistice Day in 1930s Britain', Royal United Services Institute, London, 2014
  • Public Lecture: 'Burying the People of the People's War', University of Wisconsin, USA, George L.Mosse & Institute for Research in the Humanities, 'War and Intimacy' Lecture Series, 2014
  • 'Grief in Second World War Britain', War: An Emotional History Conference (co-organiser with Claire Langhammer and Claudia Siebrecht), British Academy, London, 2014
  • Public Lecture: 'The Search for Peace in Interwar Europe', War and Diplomacy Symposium, British Embassy, Helsinki, 2014
  • 'A Broken Silence?': War Commemoration in Interwar Britain;, Royal United Services Institute, London, 2014
  • Keynote  address: 'Gentle in Manner, Resolute in Deed': Women in the British Army in the Postwar Years', Women's History Network Annual Regional Conference, University of Worcester, 2013
  • Keynote address: 'Gender, Grief and Mourning in Wartime',Lessons of War Conference, Lancaster University, 2013
  • 'Burying the Civilian Dead of the Second World War', University of Manchester History Research Seminar, 2013
  • 'Keynote address: 'What Does Britain Mean to You? Mass-Observation, National identity and the English in the Second World War', Fighting For Britain? Negotiating Identities in Britain During the Second World War Conference, Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars, University of Edinburgh, 2012
  • 'The Management of the War Dead in Second World War Britain', 'Atrocity and Aftermath Panel', North American Conference on British Studies, Montreal, 2012
  • 'Mass-Observation and Memorials': Commemorating the Second World War in 1940s Britain', Landscapes of War interdisciplinary workshop, Academia Belgica, Rome, 2012
  • 'No More Useless Lumps of Stone: Mass-Observation and War Memorials' Mass-Observation 75th Anniversary Conference, 2012
  • 'Gender, Citizenship and Civil Defence in 1930s Britain', Women's History Network Annual Conference, University of Cardiff, 2012
  • 'Second World War Memorials in Britain', War and Remembrance Symposium, National Memorial Arboretum, 2012
  • 'Serve to Save': Gender, Citizenship and Civil Defence in 1930s Britain', Annual Conference of the Social History Society, University of Manchester, 2011
  • 'War on the Web: Gender and the Memory of the Second World War', 15th Tri-Annual Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, University of Massachussetts, USA, 2011
  • ‘Death, Mourning and Citizenship in World War Two Britain’, History Symposium, University of Sydney, 2010
  • ‘Public Writing, Private Trauma: Memories of the Blitz in the Digital Age’, Historical Research Series, Monash University, 2010
  • ‘Gendered Memories of the Second World War’, Women, War and Remembrance Symposium, National Memorial Arboretum, 2010
  • ‘Life Writing, Memory and War on the Web’, 7th International Auto/Biography and Life Writing Conference, University of Sussex, 2010
  • 'Cultural memory in 21st century Britain', University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2009
  • '"Hitler Couldn't Get Us Down!": Remembering and Forgetting the Blitz in 21st century Britain', 2009 Porter-Fortune Symposium: The Civilian Experience of Bombing in the World Wars, University of Mississippi, USA, 2009
  • 'Femininity and Home Defence: Women's Work on British Anti-Aircraft Batteries in the Second World War, 'Femmes, Conflits et Pouvoir' Conference at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, France, October 2009
  • ‘The Gas Mask, the Searchlight and the Gun: Gender and the Home Front in Second World War Britain’, 14th Tri-Annual Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, University of Minneapolis, USA, 2008
  • 'War, Identity and Gender: The British Case', European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 2008
  • ‘Managing Gender in Wartime: British Women on Anti-Aircraft Batteries in the Second World War’, North American Conference on British Studies, San Francisco, USA, 2007

Recent conferences and symposia organised and chaired

  • 'War: An Emotional History'  (with Claire Langhamer and Claudia Siebrecht), British Academy; London, 2014
  • Annual Social History Society Conference, University of Brighton, 2012
  • The Second World War: Popular Culture and Cultural Memory, University of Brighton, 2011
  • War, Silence and Memory in Modern Britain, Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, 2011
  • Future Defence Review: The Armed Forces and the British People, Royal United Services Institute, London (Chair)
  • Annual Post-Graduate Conference,  Centre Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton) and Life Histories and Life Writing Centre (University of Sussex) 2009 and 2011

Esteem

Grants and awards

 

2016

  • With Mark Connelly (Principal Investigator, University of Kent), Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth), Alison Fell (University of Leeds), Emma Hanna and Helen Brooks (both University of Kent) AHRC World War One Engagement Centre 'Gateways to the First World War' £500,000. Follow on funding from 2014 award. For details see the AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funded-Research/WW1-and-its-legacy/Pages/World-War-One-Engagement-Centres.aspx

2015

  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Imperial War Museum: 'The Imperial War Museum and Public Memory of the Second World War'

2014

  • With Susan R. Grayzel, University of Mississippi, American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Fellowship (2014-2016) 'Serving the Nation, Safeguarding the Home: Civil Defence, Citizenship and Gender in 20th Century Britain', $129,456. For details of the project see the ACLS website:http://www.acls.org/02-19-2014/
  • With Mark Connelly (Principal Investigator, University of Kent), Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth), Helen Brooks (University of Kent) and  Emma Hanna ( University of Greenwich) AHRC World War One Engagement Centre 'Gateways to the First World War' £500,000. For details see the AHRC website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funded-Research/WW1-and-its-legacy/Pages/World-War-One-Engagement-Centres.aspx

2013

  • With Claudia Siebrecht and Claire Langhamer of the University of Sussex, Noakes received a British Academy Conference Grant to hold a conference on 'War: An Emotional History; at the British Academy in July 2014.

2008

  • British Academy Conference Grant  (£400) for  Tri-annual 14th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Minneapolis, USA.

2006

  • British Academy Small Research Grants Scheme  (£2169.90) for the project 'War, Empire and Citizenship: British Servicewomen and Emigration Following the First World War 1918-1925’.

2005

  •  AHRC Research Leave Scheme (£13,135) for the project 'Women and the Military: A Study of Women and the British Army 1907-1948.' The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Portsmouth provided matching funding.

Citations and reviews

Lucy Noakes  is a frequent contributor to conferences, symposia and seminars in the field of history.  In 2014 she gave a public lecture on her current research on death, grief and mourning in Second World War Britain in the George L. Mosse Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.  In the same year she gave a talk on 'The Search for Peace in Interwar Europe in the 'Peace and Diplomacy' symposium at the British Embassy, Helsinki, Finland and was invited to speak on her research into the memory of the Second World War in the Annual Winston Churchill Debate at the LSE, London in April 2014.  In June 2012 she gave the keynote address at the 'Fighting for Britain?' conference at the University of Edinburgh, delivering the paper 'What does Britain mean to you? Mass-Observation, national identity and the English in the Second World War' and in 2013 was the keynote speaker at the 'Lessons of War' conference at the University of Lancaster, speaking on gender, grief and mourning in wartime, and at the Women's HIstory Network Conference at the University of Worcester, revisiting her work on women and the military.  Her continuing work with Mass-Observation also led her to present a paper at the Mass-Observation 75th anniversary conference in July 2012 at the University of Sussex, where she spoke on Mass-Observation and war memorials, a topic she went on to explore further as an invited participant in the 'Landscapes of War, Commemoration Strategies and Heritage Management' workshop at the Academia Belgica, Rome, in September 2012. Noakes' ongoing interest in gender and feminist history led to an invitation to participate in 'The Moment of British Women's HIstory' symposium held at Columbia University, New York in February 2013, a fascinating and enriching event which reflected on the legacy of 40 years of women's history.

Noakes’ work has been reviewed and cited widely, for example, in S.O. Rose, Which People’s War? (Oxford, 2003), P. Summerfield, Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives (Manchester,1998) and with C. Peniston-Bird, Contesting Home Defence (Manchester, 2007) and M. Francis, The Flyer (Oxford, 2009)

Noakes’ work on the interface between war, gender and memory was widely cited in the first ‘scene setting’ issue The Journal of War and Culture Studies. (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2008)  in articles by Evans, on ‘War Studies and the Cultural Turn’ (49) , Fell, on ‘Gendering the War Story’ (57) and Summerfield, on ‘War, Film and Memory’ (20)

Reviews of her most recent monograph Women in the British Army (2006) include Louise Jackson History, vol. 92, 2007, p271, who concluded that the book demonstrated "very convincingly that military discourses played a crucial role in the construction of male and female identities in the first half of the Twentieth century" and Nicoletta Gullace, Journal of Contemporary History vol. 44, 2009, p 551 who commented that "Noakes reminds us that an overly optimistic assessment of women’s increasing presence in the military threatens to camouflage the persistent resistance of military authorities to full equality for female soldiers". Joanna Bourke  described the book as "an invaluable guide to the trials and tribulations of military women during the two world wars. It is a riveting story from start to finish – a story for our time."

British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (Bloomsbury, 2013) edited by Noakes and Juliette Pattinson, was reviewed by Joel Morley in Twentieth Century British History (October 2014), who described the volume as "essential reading",  by Daniel Ussishkin in the Journal of British Studies (July 2015), who called it 'a terrific addition to the growing body of literature on the memory of the Second World War', and by Juliet Gardiner in History Today (December 2014), who commented that this "rich volume of essays...probes the fashioning and functioning of Britain's collective memory of a war that for decades was heralded as 'Britain's finest hour'."

Also:

  • War and the British cited in the Imperial War Museum Department of Printed Books guide to published work on ‘British Women 1939-1945’ (www.iwm.org/upload/package/30/women/downloads/BK28.pdf)
  • ‘Making Histories’ (1997) and War and the British (1998) cited in A. Whitmarsh, 'We will remember them'. Memory and Commemoration in War Museums’, Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, Issue 7, November 2001, p.1, p.2, p.3, p.5, p.7
  • War and the British cited in H. Jones, British Civilians in the Front Line: Air Raids, Productivity and Culture 1939-1945 (Manchester: 2006), p. 9 & p. 23
  • War and the British cited in Sonya O. Rose, Which People’s War? National Identity and Citizenship in Wartime Britain 1939-1945 (Oxford: 2003), p.2, p.20

Editorial boards

  • Series Editor, New Directions in Social and Cultural History Book Series, Bloomsbury Academic
  • Editorial Board member, Women’s History Review, 1999-present

Committee memberships

  • Advisory Board, Imperial War Museum London Second World War Galleries
  • Honorary Secretary, Social History Society (2011-2014)
  • Fellow of Royal Historical Society
  • Advisory Board Member, Centre for Life Writing and Life History Research, University of Sussex
  • Advisory Board Member, Centre for the HIstory of War and Society, University of Sussex
  • Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, Deputy Director
  • Advisory Board Member, 'Observing the 1980s' (JISC Funded Mass-Observation Digitisation prject)

Other external appointments

  • Visiting Researcher, Macqaurie University, Australia, July-August 2006
  • Advising Scholar, Myths, Gender and the Military Conquest of Air and Sea International Research project, University of Oldenburg, 2008-2010
  • Member of History and Policy Group, KIng's College, London
  • External Examiner, MA  War, Culture and History, University of Manchester, 2008-2011
  • External Examiner, BA History, Sheffield Hallam University, 2012-2016
  • External Examiner, BA HIstory, Lancaster University, 2016-2020
  • Assessor ESRC Major Research Project Bids
  • Assessor AHRC Major Research Project Bids
  • Assessor for Leverhume Trust
  • Assessor for Wellcome Trust
  • PhD External Examiner, Universities of: Chicago, Manchester, Kings College London, Queen Mary and Westfield, London, Lancaster, Sussex, Strathclyde and Portsmouth
  • Academic Advisor, Churchill Digital Archive, Cambridge University

Consultancy and media work

  • Interviewee, The One Show, Special Edition on the London Blitz, (BBC One), 2015
  • Interviewee, BBC World War One at Home programme on the establishment of Peacehaven (BBC Radio 4/Radio Sussex), 2015
  • Historical Consultant, 'Churchill: The Nation's Farewell', BBC1, 2015
  • Interviewee, BBC World War One at Home programme on Zeppelin Raids (BBC4/BBC2), 2014
  • Historical Advisor and participant, 'The Brave New World' BBC Radio 4 Documentary of the Week, November 2013 Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03h2rdj
  • 'Our Excess Girls', article for BBC History magazine, December 2011.
  • Interviewed by BBC Radio 5 on Remembrance Day, November 2011
  • Interviewed by BBC History magazine (on war and remembrance) April 2010
  • Interviewed by CNN on Remembrance Day, November 2010
  • 'The Politics of Poppy Day' Open Democracy, January 2010.
  • Interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland (on women and the British Army) January 2011
  • Consultant and Interviewee for Who Do You Think You Are? First World War Special, TX November 2008
  • Consultant and Interviewee for Vera Lynn: Sincerely Your, Forgetaboutit Television, BBC4
  • Interviewed on Woman’s Hour, Radio 4 about women being admitted to the Gurkhas
  • Consultant Wall to Wall television series Not Forgotten, Channel 4
  • Consultant, Arts Council, for Women’s War Work Memorial, Hereford
  • Interviewed by The Observer for an article on female soldiers in Iraq

 

         
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