Dr James Wallis was commissioned as a freelance Research Associate at Cumberland Lodge in November 2018. His appointment will support the upcoming report ‘Difficult Histories and Positive Identities’, to be launched in Westminster on 19 November 2019.
James is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Essex, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. He previously completed a Collaborative Doctoral Award at Exeter and Imperial War Museums (IWM), examining the representation and display politics of First World War exhibitions created since 1964. He continues to work on First World War public engagement through ‘Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War: Learning and Legacies for the Future’, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project. Working across sectors with community groups, heritage practitioners and academics, this is evaluating outcomes from the four year centennial commemorations across the UK.
James’ interdisciplinary research explores conflict heritage and commemorative practice in various settings, with a view to understanding the ways in which - as well as the reasons why - the past is utilized in the present. His published work includes Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary (Routledge, 2017). In June 2018, he was appointed one of 20 Associates for IWM’s Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict.
Cumberland Lodge publications
Difficult Histories & Positive Identities - Conference Briefing (February 2019)
Difficult Histories & Positive Identities (November 2019)