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Dr Chris Smith



Chris Smith is a historian of 20th Century Britain.

Dr Chris Smith received a BA in History at Aberystwyth University in 2007. He remained there to undertake an MA in 18th Century British History in 2008. In 2013 he was awarded a PhD, also from Aberystwyth University, having conducted a thesis on social and cultural history of the Government Code and Cypher School, Britain's code breaking agency housed at Bletchley Park, during the Second World War. He is interested in social class and gender in 20th Century Britain and the Home Front during the Second World War in particular. Previously Chris taught history at Aberystwyth University and the University of Worcester.

His PhD Doctoral research formed the basis for a monograph entitled The Hidden History of Bletchley Park, which was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. He has also published articles on codebreaking technology in History of Science and War in History. Chris is also interested social class and gender in wartime Britain and has published on this topic in Women's History Magazine.

Currently Chris is working on a project examining the impact of secrecy on memory during the Second World War.

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