Dr Catriona Pennell

Catriona is the Academic Lead for the pupil evaluation for the UCL Institute of Education’s First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme. She is responsible for engaging with participating young people in order to find out how they feel about the tours, what they are learning, and how this is influencing their understanding of commemoration via surveys, observation of tours and focus groups. The first pupil evaluation took place in spring 2015 and the process will be repeated in 2017 and 2019.


Catriona is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter and specialises in the social and cultural history of the First World War as well as British imperial activity in the Middle East since the 1880s, with a particular focus on remembrance and memory transmission. Her first book, A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland, was published by OUP in 2012 (reprinted in 2014). She has recently completed a ground breaking collaborative study of the way the First World War is taught in English secondary school classrooms, with Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria University) from which the article ‘Learning Lessons from War? Inclusions and Exclusions in Teaching First World War History in English Secondary Schools’ was published in March 2016 in History & Memory (28:1, pp. 36-71).

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