Great War Theatre

The Great War Theatre project is a collaborative, co-produced research project in which academics, volunteers researchers, and specialist advisors are working together to unearth this fascinating lost history of wartime theatre. You can find out more about the team and our different roles below.

Project Lead – Dr Helen Brooks is a theatre historian and Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent. She teaches Drama and History and is Co-Investigator on the Gateways to the First World War project (AHRC). Helen is fascinated by how theatre responds to and reflects the world around it. She has particular interests in questions of gender, class, politics, economics and race. Helen’s work on First World War Theatre has been led to collaborations with Threadbare Theatre, the King’s Theatre Portsmouth, and the Theatre Royal Brighton. She has also been featured on BBC Radio.

Rights Clearance and Copyright Advisor – Chris Morrison is Copyright Support and Software Licensing Manager at the University of Kent and is responsibile for copyright policy, licences, training and advice. He was previously Copyright Assurance Manager at the British Library and is a member of the Universities UK / Guild HE Copyright Working Group. He is co-founder of the award winning blog with Dr Jane Secker at City, University of London. 

Research Advisor – Jessamy Carlson is Partnerships & Programmes Manager at The National Archives. She has coordinated The National Archives’s FWW100 programme since 2015. Her recent research has included the naming of babies after FWW battles, and the experience of women of German descent in the nursing services during the FWW. She is a qualified archivist and a registered member of the Archives & Records Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jessamy has been providing research support and guidance to the project.


Previous Team Members

Over the course of the project we have been ably supported by the wonderful work Nikki Denning and Kate Morgan. Nikki was the first project assistant and worked for the project between March and June 2017. During this time she was instrumental in managing the launch and establishment of the project. Kate Morgan worked for the project in June and July 2017 before moving to the University of London. Although only with the project a short while Kate made an important contribution and continues to keep in touch with the project as it develops. Katerina Flint-Nicol worked as the project and volunteer manager between September 2016 and April 2018. She is a film scholar and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent where she has recently completed her PhD. 

The Advisory Group

This is an informal group of four academics with particular specialisms and who advise on various aspects of the project and its development.

  • Prof Mark Connelly, University of Kent
  • Prof Alison Fell, University of Leeds
  • Dr Andrew Maunder, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr Anna Jordanous, University of Kent

The Volunteer Research Team

At the heart of the project are the volunteer researchers. Click here to find out about more about the team of volunteers who are working on the project.