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DPhil Diaries Fifteen: Two Thousand Years of Conflict

Recently, since the lifting of the most recent lockdown, I have been making an effort to explore more of Oxfordshire by getting the bus out of the city to walk or run further afield. This last weekend, I travelled down to Faringd…

Iso Rae, the Unrecognised War Artist

In early 1914 the town of Etaples in Northern France was home to a colony of artists, a predominantly anglophone group of painters noted for a style that incorporated realist subjects and impressionist light. This all changed fol…

Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology

This book was gifted to me by the publisher, Granta Books, for a blog post, but the post is entirely my own words and hasn't been pre-approved. In 1891 Katherine Routledge went up to Oxford to study a diploma in anthropology,…

Downton at War

[Spoilers ahead - but come on, it's been a decade!]  In an attempt to stave off the Lockdown Three boredom, two weeks ago I sat down to finally watch Downton Abbey. Yes, I know I'm a decade late to the party. When Downton…

The World's Youngest YMCA Member

As part of the YMCA's holistic support for soldiers during the First World War, the organisation made arrangements for the loved ones of the 'dangerously wounded' to be able to visit them in the hospitals of northern …

DPhil Diaries 14: Running in the Footsteps of Vera Brittain and Geoffrey Wellum

In the quiet lockdown evenings this week I've been listening to the audiobook  First Light,  a memoir of Geoffrey Wellum's life as an RAF fighter pilot in the Second World War. Prior to his service in the Battle of Britai…