Dr Chris Kempshall

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Queen's University


I received my PhD from the University of Sussex in 2013. I am a First World War historian and research of its role in British and European history. In addition to this I also work on the representation of war in modern media.

At BISC I teach the course HIST 289: Britain since 1851. East Sussex as an area is hugely representative of the changes that took place in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries. Evolutions in rural and urban life, the threat of war and invasion, and the changes to women's rights all played out in this area. As a result, studying this time period in a castle that hosted men during the First World War is a perfect place to discover Britain's past.

On this course we take ELO trips to the Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum not just to learn more about key events in British history, but to also learn how museums change the way people interact with the past.


Recent publications:

  • British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914-1918. Palgrave Macmillan: 2018
  • Pixel Lions – The image of the soldier in First World War computer games. Historical Journal for Film, Radio, and Television – Special Edition (Vol 35 no.4) October 2015 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01439685.2015.1096665
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