Publications & conferences

Academic publications:


Bombardment, Public Safety and Resilience in English Coastal Communities during the First World War. Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Global Studies in Social and Cultural Maritime History’ series.


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


‘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:

Academic conferences where research has been presented (select):


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.