Willing Experts

First World War ‘willing experts’ – from the university and museum sectors as well as independent researchers – have kindly volunteered their contact details and areas of expertise to assist teachers who may be looking for advice, reading suggestions, or guest speakers in their local area or via email/Skype. The ‘willing experts’ are giving their time for free and it is at their discretion what help they can offer. We hope this proves to be a fruitful exchange of expertise. 

ContactAffiliation and LocationExpertise
Peter Anderson
Independent Researcher
(Folkestone, Kent)
Soldiers' experience of war; period newspapers, magazines and books published during or just after the war.
Professor Stephen Badsey
University of Wolverhampton
(West Midlands)
Military history; propaganda and media history; war reporting; film and photography; memory and literature; Western Front; Home Front; British; British Empire; causes and outbreak; generalship; battles; cavalry; military tactics - in fact at school level almost any aspect of the war.
Alastair Baird
Independent Researcher
(Falkirk, Scotland)
All aspects of the history of the Ieper Salient.
Dr Simon Constantine
University of WolverhamptonGermany, particularly the treatment of interned Polish workers and the reorganisation of farm workforces; the experience of POWs in German camps, and the ways soldiers looked to bridge the language barrier at the front and in captivity; ways in which illegal methods of warfare were communicated to German soldiers in Belgium and France.
Tony Cowan, PhD Candidate
King's College London
German Army on the Western Front.
Peter de Bourgraaf, Outreach Officer
Museum Romagne 14-18
Armistice 1918-19, objects found as of the late 1980s around the Western front section near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.
Professor Guillaume de Syon
Albright College, Reading, PA
First World War postcards (France, Switzerland and Germany) and aeronautics, especially Zeppelins.
Dr Martin Farr
Newcastle University
(North East)
Britain, British world, politics, governments, parties, media, strategy, biography.
Professor Jo Fox
Durham University
(North East)
Propaganda, communications, and the media during the First and Second World Wars.
Ashleigh Gilbertson
PhD Candidate
University of Adelaide
Australian military and cultural experience of the war; Battle of Passchendaele; Third Battle of Ypres; Anzacs; C.E.W. Bean; Unknown Australian Soldier.
Dr Stacy Gillis
University of Newcastle
(North East)
First World War popular fiction and women's writing.
Professor Richard Grayson
Goldsmiths, University of London
(London, also Hemel Hempstead and Belfast)
Ireland, local history, war-related school projects.
Bill Griffiths,
Senior Manager
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums,
Discovery Museum Newcastle
(North East)
Dr Marguerite Helmers
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Teaching and researching poetry, memoir, visual culture of Great Britain and Ireland.
Dave Hollowell-Geddes, Curator
Stow Maries Aerodrome
Royal Flying Corps, Aerial warfare, especially Home Defence against the Zeppelins and Gotha Bombers.

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Dr Chris Kempshall
Centre for the History of War and Society, University of Sussex
(East Sussex and South Coast)
British and French soldiers and allied relations, memory of the war.
Dr James Kitchen
Department of War Studies,
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
First World War in the Middle East, specifically Egypt and Palestine, as well as the wider global and imperial dimensions of the war; soldiers' experience of war, in particular issues of morale, discipline; leadership, command and generalship.
Dr James McConnel
Northumbria University at Newcastle
(North East)
Ireland and the First World War in relation to Irish Nationalism and songs about the conflict (home front and trenches).
Caroline Louise Nielsen
Newcastle University (North East)Social history, history of medicine, disabled people in the past, demobilization, veterans and pensions.
Gill Parkes
Principal Archivist
Durham County Record Office
(North East)
Expertise in innovative archives education and outreach; web-based learning resources for the classroom; rich archive collections covering First World War; and specialist knowledge of the Durham Light Infantry regiment and the historic County Durham.
Dr Terry Phillips
Liverpool Hope University
First World War literature
Dr Colin Reid
Northumbria University at Newcastle
(North East)
Ireland during the First World War, focusing both on the experiences of Irish soldiers on the Front and the political and cultural impact of war at home.
Dr James Renton
Edge Hill University (Lancashire)Middle East; Balfour Declaration; Sykes-Picot Agreement; propaganda; nationalism and self-determination; Empire; League of Nations; Mandate system; antisemitism and islamophobia.
Ingrid Sharp
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds
(West Yorkshire)
Response of the organised women's movement to the outbreak, duration and aftermath of the FWW in Germany and transnationally (Hague peace congress, WILPF, resistance to war, German women's response); Cultural representation of FWW - Käthe Kollwitz and Otto Dix.
Professor David Stevenson
London School of Economics and Political Science
Origins and general history of First World War, all aspects but especially political, diplomatic, military.
Dr Trudi Tate
Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
First World War literature, writing about shell shock.
Dr Alun Thomas
Centre for First World War Studies,
University of Birmingham
BEF on the Western Front (my thesis was 'British 8th Infantry Division on the Western Front 1914-18') and the British force in Upper Silesia for the plebiscite and after 1921-2.
Samuel J. Tranter
School of History, University of St Andrews (2013-14 London;
2014-15 Fife, Scotland)
Great War myth, influence of divergent FWW narratives upon subsequent ideas and identities in Britain (particularly during the Second World War).
Dr Laura Ugolini
University of Wolverhampton
(West Midlands)
The English Home Front, especially the experiences of middle-class civilian men.
Dr Anne Whitehead
Newcastle University (North East)First World War and trauma/memory; contemporary fictions of the First World War, particularly Pat Barker.