Conferences & public talks

Academic conferences where research has been presented (select):


Public talk for the Voluntary Action History Society, Autumn Seminar Series, 12 December 2022: ‘An ‘article of luxury and need’: voluntary action, military welfare and the provision of cigarettes to soldiers during the First World War’.

Public lecture for the Royal Armouries Museum, 22 February 2022: ”Safety first, but a great deal besides’: Civil Defence in the First World War’. Available on YouTube here.


Tobacco through time: interdisciplinary perspectives on the use and commodification of tobacco. 6-7 December 2021 [online].

Intoxicating Spaces: Global and Comparative Perspectives. University of Sheffield, 19-21 July 2021 [online].

Urban History Group Conference 2021: Cities, crisis and change. 9-11 June 2021 [online].

Northern Collaboration Content Group, Knowledge Exchange. 23 March 2021 [online].


Public Engagement Event for Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City. Streetlife Museum, Hull, 15 February 2020. Invited speaker.


‘Making Sense of Bombardment in the Hartlepools, 1914-2018’. Public Engagement Event. Heugh Battery Museum, Hartlepool, 15 December 2019.

Leisure and Recreation History and Heritage Day. Middlesbrough Town Hall, 22 October 2019.

Workshop: ‘Confronting the ‘violence of the archive’: crime, punishment and the modern state’. Oxford Brookes University, 22 May 2019.

Urban History Group annual conference 2019. Queen’s University Belfast, 4-5 April 2019.


European Association for Urban History Conference 2018. Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, 29 August to 1 September 2018.

Redcoats, Tommies and Dusty Warriors: Britain’s Soldiers c.1650 to the present. University of Leeds, 10-11 July 2018.

Social History Society Annual Conference 2018. Academic Research in the Heritage Sector panel, Keele University, 11-13 June 2018.

Difficult Heritage: Making Sense of Uncomfortable Histories. Bar Convent, York, 13 April 2018.


New Research in Military History Conference. St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, 17-18 November 2017.

In the Heart of the Great War: The Individual at the Crossroads between the Civilian and Military Worlds.Mons Memorial Museum, Mons, Belgium, 26-28 October 2017.

‘Individuals in History’ panel, History Research Seminar. School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Beckett University, 4 October 2017.

What Place for the Environment in the Arts and Humanities? Culture, Heritage and History interdisciplinary workshop. Leeds Beckett University, 7 June 2017.

Objects in and After Hostilities: The Material Culture of Conflict. Newcastle University/ Northumbria University, 30-31 March 2017.

War Through Other Stuff: Non-military narratives, artistic interpretations & the material culture of conflict. University of Edinburgh, 22-24 February 2017.


The First World War at Sea, National Maritime Museum Greenwich. 3-4 June 2016.

Urban History Group Annual Conference 2016. Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 31 March-1 April 2016.