Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

Now that I have finished a couple of projects I can start to slowly turn my attention to my next major research project until they come back from peer review. Principally this is to continue the research I started a few months ago on the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force … Continue reading Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

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Ongoing Projects

Ok, having updated the site, I feel I need to post more regularly, so, all being well, expect some more ramblings from me. I thought I would start with an update on various projects. First, I have just finished a chapter on air power at Gallipoli that should appear in early 2018. The role of … Continue reading Ongoing Projects

Managing Knowledge

In June, I attended a fascinating conference organised by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War on the subject of ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.' One of the many interesting papers delivered was one by Dr Tarak Barkawi of the LSE on the theme of ‘Theory and History in the Archives … Continue reading Managing Knowledge

What Value Writing?

I have just started working on an aspect of one of my next major research projects, which is about the culture, ethos and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force. Specifically, I have started mapping the contributions that RAAF personnel have made to the Australian Defence Force Journal since its establishment in 1976. In short, … Continue reading What Value Writing?

Useful Sayings for the D.S.

One of the great joys of my job is getting to look at what is in the archive and library at the RAF Museum. I am always amazed at the gems that I find and, arguably, it illustrates how underused these resources are by researchers, both academics and non-academics alike. Indeed, while I know that … Continue reading Useful Sayings for the D.S.

The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?

Yesterday I found out that the corrections to my PhD had been accepted by my examiners. This, of course, is great news. The changes suggested by my examiners, Dr Peter Lee and Dr Armin Grünbacher, have led to a much improved thesis and hopefully it will make a contribution to our understanding of the early … Continue reading The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?

Is there a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history?

Ok, a straight forward straw poll for some research I am currently doing. In essence, do you think that there is a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history that is produced by a publisher who markets books at a reasonable and accessible price? I know some people can be put … Continue reading Is there a need for an academic series on air power and aviation history?

RAF Museum supports PhD Research

[Cross posted from the RAF Museum Blog] This post relates to one aspect of my job that gives me great pleasure and shows how the RAF Museum is developing its research programme that will also include lectures, seminars, and conferences. In my last blog post, I mentioned that I recently spent a day at the … Continue reading RAF Museum supports PhD Research

How do we define ourselves? II

Back in 2010, about 10 months after starting my PhD, I posited the question of how we define ourselves as professional historians. At the time, I suggested that the best definition for me was as a British Military Historian. This was based on my research interests and where I saw myself going career wise. I … Continue reading How do we define ourselves? II