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Harriet Beadnell


Veterans of the People's War: The Representation, Identity and Role of Second World War Veterans in Britain since 1945

Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Cubitt


My research interests include commemoration, memory, identity and the collective remembrance of conflict. My thesis examines the representation and identity of Second World War veterans, and compares how far the cultural image of the veteran reflects their own experiences and sense of self identity. I am also interested in the representations of the past more broadly and in the popularity and practice of genealogy.


  • ‘Meet the Who Do You Think You Are? Genealogists’ Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, August 2017
  • ‘My Ancestor was an...Antique Dealer' Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, March 2018

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Ms Harriet Beadnell
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD