Publications & blogs

Academic publications:


Book review: Beyond Trawlertown: memory, life and legacy in the wake of the Cod Wars by Jo Byrne, in International Journal of Regional and Local History (2022), Online (ahead-of-print). Link.

‘Managing risk in the ‘danger zone’: Defensive infrastructure and public safety discourses on the north-east coast of England during the First World War’, Coastal Studies & Society, 1 (2-4) (2022), pp. 180-208. Available Open Access here.

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Bombardment, Public Safety and Resilience in English Coastal Communities during the First World War (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Link.

‘‘Are we downhearted? NO!’: representing war damage and destruction following bombardment on the First World War ‘home front’’, Critical Military Studies, 7 (4) (2021), pp. 397-417. Link.

‘‘Something-to-smoke, at the right time, is a godsend’: voluntary action and the provision of cigarettes to soldiers during the First World War’, in Redcoats to Tommies: The Experience of the British Soldier from the Eighteenth Century, eds. Kevin Linch and Matthew Lord (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2021), pp. 120-48. Link.

‘‘An Empire Dock’: Place Promotion and the Local Acculturation of Imperial Discourse in ‘Britain’s Third Port’’, Northern History, 58 (1) (2021), pp. 129-50. Winner of the 2020 Gordon Forster Essay Prize. Link.


Book review: Barbara McClune, Star shell reflections 1914-1916: the illustrated Great War diaries of Jim Maultsaid, in First World War Studies, online (Aug 2019). Link.


‘Smoking and Cigarette Consumption’, in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2018-05-23. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11265 (


‘Grim up North?: Northern Identity, History, and Heritage’, International Journal of Regional and Local History, 12 (2) (2017), pp. 65-76 [co-authored with Andrew McTominey]. Link.

‘‘The darkest town in England’: patriotism and anti-German sentiment in Hull, 1914-19’, International Journal of Regional and Local History, 12 (1) (2017), pp. 42-63. Link. Winner of the 2016 Yorkshire History Prize (Beresford Award).

Book review: Brad Beaven, Karl Bell and Robert James (eds.), Port Towns and Urban Cultures: International Histories of the Waterfront, c. 1700–2000 in Urban History, 44 (2) (2017), pp. 347-9. Link.


‘Special Needs, Cheerful Habits: Smoking and the Great War in Britain, 1914-18’, Cultural and Social History, 13 (4) (2016), pp. 483-501. Link.

Public history articles and blogs:


‘A War in the Air and on the Coast: Civilian ‘Night Patrols’ and the Defence of Hull during the First World War’, Port Towns & Urban Cultures project website, Feb. 2022. Available:


‘DIY facemasks and the domestication of personal protection in the First World War’, Social History Society, Research Exchange Blog, 13 May 2020:


‘Epilogue: T’other Half’ in These Northern Types, ed. Oli Bentley (Leeds: Split, 2018) [co-authored with Andrew McTominey].


‘Engaging local communities in the North East in their First World War heritage’, blog, Heritage Consortium website,, 10 October 2017.

‘Policy engagement at a local level: a workshop for historians’, event report blog, Heritage Consortium website,, 14 Sept. 2017.

‘Museum review – The National Army Museum, London’, Social History blog,, 22 May 2017.

‘Civilians and the ‘other stuff’ of war and conflict’, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities blog,, 28 April 2017.


‘Michael Reeve – University of Hull’, interview with the Unstable Praxis blog,, 19 Oct. 2016.

‘The ‘North Sea Incident’ of 1904 and the consequences for Anglo-German relations’, Port Towns & Urban Cultures project website, Oct. 2016. Available:

‘Transcending Space? Maritime Place Identity and Mass Mobilisation in Hull during the First World War’, Port Towns & Urban Cultures project website, Jan. 2016. Available: