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Dr Grace HuxfordBA Hons (Warw.), MA(Warw.), PhD(Warw.)

Lecturer in 19th/20th Century British History

Grace Huxford

Dr Grace HuxfordBA Hons (Warw.), MA(Warw.), PhD(Warw.)

Lecturer in 19th/20th Century British History

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Office: B46, 13 Woodland Road   
Consultation Hours: I am currently on research leave. Meetings by appointment only. 
Twitter: @Grace_Huxford

I am a historian of post-1945 Britain, with particular interests in the Cold War, the Korean War and the interaction between war, state and society. I am also interested in oral history and the history of selfhood.

I am currently conducting an oral history of British military communities in Germany, exploring the experiences of service personnel, families and support workers living in bases. From 2019-20, I will be an AHRC Leadership Fellow (early career), leading a major project on the social history of British Military Bases in Germany. This project aims to engage with a purposefully wide range of perspectives on this history. See our project page for more information;

Prior to my arrival in Bristol in 2015, I was Research Fellow in Oral History at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, where I was also an Early Career Fellow. I received my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2015.


My research explores the social history of the Cold War in Britain. My first book, The Korean War in Britain: Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting (Manchester University Press, 2018), explores the social and cultural impact of the Korean War (1950-1953) on Britain. Assessing the impact of the war from 1950 to the early twenty-first century, my research uncovers the different ways in which British people responded to the Korean War and how it came to be known as the ‘Forgotten War’ of the twentieth century. I have published articles on several aspects of Britain’s Korean War, in Life Writing, Twentieth Century British History  and in book chapters in edited collections (see ‘Research Outputs’ tab for more detail).

I have also developed an interest in oral history methodologies, co-organising the Bristol Oral Histories Research Cluster with Professor John Foot (Italian Studies) and publishing in Oral History on institutional and university oral history projects. I am also a co-organiser of the Oral History in Higher Education Network.

My new project, 'Living on a Cold War Frontier: an Oral History of the British Army of the Rhine (1945-1994)’ brings together my interests in the Cold War and oral history. This pilot project, funded by a British Academy Small Grants Programme (Leverhulme Trust), examines the experiences of men, women and children living on German army bases during the Cold War. 


I enjoy teaching across all levels of the BA, MA and PhD courses here at Bristol. My teaching has included units on Britain’s Cold War, war and society in the twentieth-century Britain and Europe, oral history, the 'voice' in social history and histories of life-writing and selfhood.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research Supervision

I am currently co-supervising doctoral work on the post-1975 history of a Bristol philanthropic organisation, on post-1945 Holocaust education in Hungary, on expatriate communities in Hong Kong and on gender and femininity in British secondary schools between 1970 and 2000. 

I have supervised MA History students on a wide variety of research topics relating to war, society and/or oral history. 

I welcome applications from prospective postgraduate history students interested in researching modern British history, particularly cultural and social history, as well as any projects relating to the social history of warfare in the twentieth century. I also welcome projects using oral history or life-writing methodologies.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email if you would like to discuss your research plans.

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Postal address:
13-15 Woodland Road
United Kingdom