Research Staff

Dr Joel Morley

Staff positionSenior Research Officer

I studied for a BA in History and an MA in Historical Research at Lancaster University, before completing a PhD in History at Queen Mary University of London in 2013. From 2013-2015 I taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham. In 2014 I also worked at the University of Essex as a researcher on an oral history pilot project about the influence of National Service, run by Dr Peter Gurney and and Dr Matthew Grant. I returned to Essex in October 2015 as Senior Research Officer on the Leverhulme-funded oral history project 'National Service Life Stories'.

I am also one of the convenors of the Oral History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.


 BA MA (Lancaster) PhD (Queen Mary University of London)

Current research

I am currently working with with Dr Peter Gurney and Dr Matthew Grant on a Leverhulme funded oral history project, 'National Service Life Stories'. I have also recently begun a small oral history project, 'The Bevin Boys: Masculinity and Memory', funded by an IHR Scouloudi Award. These interviews form part of the research for a monograph about military enlistment and masculinity in the Second World War that I am developing from my doctoral research.


Book Reviews

  • Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth Century Britain: Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation by Stephen Heathorn, (Ashgate, 2013), in History: Journal of the Historical Association, Vol. 100 (2015), pp.147-149
  • British Cultural Memory and the Second World War edited by Lucy Noakes and Juliette Pattinson, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) in Twentieth Century British History (In press, Online 2014)
  • The Next War in the Air. Britain’s Fear of the Bomber 1908-1941 by Brett Holman (Ashgate, 2014) in Twentieth Century British History (In Press, Online 2015)
  • Heritage of the Great War in Britain by Ross J. Wilson (Ashgate, 2013) in Museum and Society (November 2015)
  • Browned Off and Bloody Minded: The British Solider Goes To War, 1939-1945 by Alan Allport and Civilians Into Soldiers: War, The Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945 by Emma Newlands in Oral History (Forthcoming 2016)

  • '"I can't say there was anything heroic about it...we wanted to get into something we wanted to do": Tensions within Temperate Masculinity in Second World War Britain', Gender, Memory and War in the Anglo-American World, Centre for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi, October 2015. 
  • ‘“Somebody had to do it. It sounded thrilling to me”: Tensions within Temperate Masculinity in Second World War Britain’, Masculinities at War: Men and male culture in the Second World War, University of Strathclyde, January 2015.
  • “I just thought well you’re expected”: Subjective and Societal Perceptions of Military Service and Masculinity in Britain, 1939-1945’, Leeds Cultural History Seminar, Leeds Beckett, supported by the Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Speakers Grant, November 2014.
  • 'Masculinities in Oral Narratives of Second World War Enlistment', War and the military in Britain since 1945 workshop, Keele University, April 2014.
  • ‘Unravelling Motivations: The Great War & Masculinity in Oral Narratives of Second World War Enlistment’, Oral History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, October 2013.
  • ‘Passed from Father to Son: The Transmission of Great War Narratives in Britain, 1918 to 1945’, War & Memory: artistic & cultural representations of individual, collective, & national memories in Twentieth Century Europe at War. Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. September 2012.
  • ‘Mass Observing the Great War in the formation of Attitudes to the Second World War.’ Mass Observation Anniversaries Conference, University of Sussex, July 2012.
  • 'Fighting for Inclusion? The Role of Military Masculinity in the Enlistment of Second World War Servicemen', Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Brighton, April 2012. 
  • '"Dad used to tell me tales": Second World War participants and oral narratives of the First World War', The Second World War: Popular Culture and Cultural Memory, University of Brighton, July 2011. 
  • 'Negotiating the Wartime Gender Contract: Service and Masculinity in Second World War Britain', War and Gender Conference, Newcastle University, March 2011.

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