This project is based in the History Department at the University of Bristol and is led by Dr Grace Huxford, a historian of modern Britain and oral historian. It examines the social history British military communities living in Germany during the Cold War and its aftermath.
It has two aims. First, using oral history interviews and collaborative conversations, it will explore everyday life on the bases and the changing character of community life. A wide range of voices are integral to understanding the connected histories of modern British history and the social history of warfare and miltaries in the late twentieth century.
Second, using archive material from across the UK and beyond, it will contextualise British bases in their wider global and Cold War context.
The project will lead to a major monograph on British life in Germany, as well as academic articles, engagement events in the South West, and a collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.