People

John Beckett (Principal Investigator)

John Beckett is Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham. He has vast experience of working with community groups, particularly in the area of local history, and was recently PI on a Connected Communities project relating to Nottingham’s Green Spaces. He has a long standing interest in the First World War, is supporting groups that are interested in researching their community through the war years, and is researching and writing a book on the use of propaganda during the First World War years. His article ‘Patriotism in Nottinghamshire: challenging the unconvinced, 1914-17’ was published in Midland History in 2014.

Natalie Braber (Co-Investigator, Young People’s Learning Hub)

Dr Braber is a senior lecturer in Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on language variation in the East Midlands and how speakers use language. She is also interested in how people talk about their memories, for example, collective memory, and how emotion can influence language use. She has worked on combining oral history archives and linguistic research to examine language change in a region. She is interested in ‘pit talk’ (the language of miners) in the East Midlands. Not all her work is focused on English as she has carried out research on German and Dutch.

Nigel Hunt (Co-Investigator, Trauma Workstream)

Dr Hunt is a psychologist specialising in traumatic stress, particularly war trauma. He has been involved in research projects relating to British veterans from World War II to Afghanistan, and veterans and civilians from other countries, such as Iraq, Bosnia, Finland, China, South Sudan and Chile. His concern is the barriers to traumatic memories being resolved through the development of narrative. Treating traumatic stress is about helping people make sense of their experiences, to develop narratives.

Larissa Allwork (Research Fellow, Trauma Workstream)

Dr Allwork is the Centre for Hidden Histories Impact Fellow for 2016.  Larissa received her BA History and MSt History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford and completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London as a Thomas Holloway Scholar in Modern History in 2011. She is the author of, Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).  Larissa has lectured in History at the Universities of Leicester and Northampton and has acted as a Research Coordinator on the EU Marie Curie Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging Initial Training Network (2012-2015).  She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Michael Noble (Project Support)

Prior to working for the Centre for Hidden Histories, Michael Noble spent many years in the adult education and skills sector, working in partnerships and community liaison roles. He has a BA in History and Politics from De Montfort University and an MA in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester. He is currently researching a PhD on the impact of the First World War on University College Nottingham