Research cluster

War, memory and life-stories

Our research

This cluster covers a range of historiographical approaches. Its smallest common denominator is the interest in individual experiences as a source of historical research.

This includes letters, diaries, memoirs and autobiographical texts, and also court records or biographical sketches and interviews allowing the reconstruction of life stories, subjectivities and identities. Additionally, the cluster is interested in aggregated forms of life stories or memoirs up to collective biographies or public memory and commemoration. Methodologically the members of the cluster are interested in micro-history, oral history, prosopography and the connection of these approaches with macro-history.

Lucy Noakes with Helena Bonham Carter
Essex Historian in Channel 4 documentary helps uncover extraordinary wartime stories

In this exciting Channel 4 documentary, Professor Lucy Noakes from the Department of History, helped actor Helena Bonham Carter uncover the experiences of her grandparent, Violet Bonham Carter, when she was working as an air raid warden during the Blitz.

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