The Second World War Network (Scotland) is delighted to announce the launch of a mobile walking tour ‘Second World War Edinburgh’. Created with funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, researched by the Network, and developed by Curious Edinburgh, the tour highlights important sites in the history of the Second World War in Edinburgh.   […]

Over a gloriously sunny two days in Edinburgh, we hosted our joint conference with the Second World War Research Group.   A full, extended programme with abstracts and bios for all speakers and chairs can be found here:   Conference 2023 Long Programme   A welcome from Wendy Ugolini, Jonathan Fennell, and Gary Sheffield on […]

We are delighted to announce the full programme for our upcoming conference, From the Personal to the Global: Lived Experiences of the Second World War.   Conference 2023 Expanded Programme     This summer, the Second World War Network (Scotland) and the Second World War Research Group are hosting a joint conference: From the Personal […]

In this public lecture, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Official Historian, George Hay, explored the Empire of the dead – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Scotland, and the birth of modern commemoration.     [IMAGE COURTESY OF EMMA FORTH]     This event was hosted by the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with National Museums […]

In November 2022, the network presented the inaugural ‘PGR Showcase’: a panel made up of PGRs working in the field of Second World War Studies. This panel aims to showcase new research on the Second World War currently being undertaken by PGRs and ECRs across the UK. The Showcase consisted of four 15-minute papers, providing […]

In November 2022, we hosted an evening celebrating Scottish war poetry. ‘Puir Bliddy Swaddies: Scottish Poets of World War II’ took place at 7pm GMT on Monday 14 November at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh. The event was followed by a drinks reception. The readings, in Scots, Gaelic, and English, showcased the […]

On 5th October 2022, the Second World War Network (Scotland) and the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History jointly hosted Professor Richard Overy to discuss his latest book, the New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2022 Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History, Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War […]

In June 2022, we hosted our first virtual coffee morning for postgraduate researchers in the field of Second World War studies.   This event was an informal hour of conversation and connection, allowing PGRs to introduce themselves and outline their research to their peers. We were very conscious that the pivot to online conferences and […]

In April 2022 we hosted an expert round table discussing the British Empire and the Second World War.   As the British Empire was mobilised to fight, it had far reaching consequences for all of those involved; the political, social, and economic transformations created new relationships, shifting loyalties and divisions, opening up new possibilities and […]

Welcome to our first Digest of 2022!   To kick off the new year, our Second World War Network has pulled together a short digest of Second World War-related books and articles published during the pandemic. We know that the last few years have been both busy and enormously challenging, but in amongst the chaos […]


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