James is an Associate Professor in History in the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln. He specialises in urban and cultural histories of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain, especially urban and domestic environments, and how they are experienced and governed. My work deals with two broad strands:
1. Patterns of urban governance and renewal since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
2. How people experience and make account of urban and domestic environments.
My interest in Hull stems from my PhD work, where I examined the rebuilding of Hull either side of the Second World War as one of two case studies (the other being Manchester). As part of that project, in 2014 I used the essays written by children from Hull and Birmingham as part of the 1942 British Bombing Survey to write an article entitled ‘Till We Hear the Last All Clear’ (Gender & History, 2014). The Half Life of the Blitz Project is a continuation of my interest in what I think is one of Britain’s most unique and fascinating cities.
Charlotte is a historian of modern Britain and a Research Associate in the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln. She is interested in the relationship between people and the places they live, and the ways in which the past shapes the present. Charlotte specialises in everyday histories of life in 20th century Britain, and works across a range of creative and collaborative platforms including arts and culture exhibitions, walking tours, podcasts, blog posts and media appearances as well as books and articles.
My connection to Hull is a personal one – I grew up in Hull and continue to live here today. My family have lived and worked all over the city, from Hessle Road, Spring Bank, and the Avenues, to Bransholme, Marfleet, and Salt End, and it was their stories of living in Hull that led me to becoming a historian of modern Britain, focusing on everyday experiences of the Second World War and the ways in which this historical moment has shaped Hull and the people of Hull ever since. I completed my PhD in summer 2021 and The Half Life of the Blitz Project is a continuation of my historical research and personal interest in cities and the historical narratives that make them.