Dr Joel Morley

Visiting Fellow
Department of History
Dr Joel Morley



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 Officeron 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. 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.


  • BA (Lancaster)

  • MA (Lancaster)

  • PhD (Queen Mary University of London)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

'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.


Unravelling Motivations: The Great War & Masculinity in Oral Narratives of Second World War Enlistment, Oral History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, October 2013.


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.


'Masculinities in Oral Narratives of Second World War Enlistment', War and the military in Britain since 1945 workshop, Keele University, April 2014.


I just thought well youre 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.


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.



Journal articles (1)

Morley, JM., (2018). 'Dad never said much but...' Young Men and Great War veterans in day-to-day life in inter-war Britain. Twentieth Century British History. 29 (2), 199-224

Other (1)

Morley, J., (2016).The Next War in the Air: Britain’s Fear of the Bomber, 1908-1941. By Brett Holman.. Twentieth Century British History. 27(2),Oxford University Press (OUP)



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