James Jefferies

Assistant Lecturer
Department of History
Assistant Lecturer.
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of History
 James Jefferies
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872705

  • Location

    6.130, Colchester Campus


Ask me about
  • The First World War
  • The Second World War
  • The War in the Air 1914-1945
  • RAF Bomber Command and Strategic Bombing
  • British cultural memory of the Second World War


James completed his MA in History at Essex and his dissertation was entitled "Bomber Command in the Battle of Britain: How Britain revered and then reviled the few who flew bombers". He is fascinated by historical memory and public history and is a regular contributor to the History Indoors project. James is currently working as a historical consultant for The Logistics of the Battle of Britain by Real Engineering and Junto Media, which will be released at the end of 2021. He has also been interviewed for various documentaries including Smithsonian TV's series 'Air Warriors'. James has also appeared on Paul Woodadge s WW2 TV as a guest historian talking about various aspects of aerial warfare and has spoken at various museums including the RAF Museum at Hendon and Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon.


  • MA History University of Essex (2015)

  • BA Drama University of Essex (2011)

Research and professional activities


The War in the Air and how the Cultural Memory of 'The Flyer' was established: 1914-1945

Supervisor: Professor Lucy Noakes , Doctor Chris Kempshall

Research interests

The War in the Air and how the British Cultural Memory of 'The Flyer' was established: 1914-1945

James is studying the cultural memory of aerial warfare from the First World War to the Second World War and how the contrasting popular memories of the two wars have influenced each other. James looks into how this memory has been continued through public mediums such as in films, literature, and video games to establish perceptions and personas of 'the flyer' in cultural memory, identity, and culture.

+44 (0) 1206 872705


6.130, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Academic Support Hour, Mondays 13:30-14:30. Room: 5NW.8.20 or via Zoom: