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Brad Beaven


Reader in Social & Cultural History, University of Portsmouth


Brad Beaven is Reader in Social and Cultural History and leads the Port Towns & Urban Cultures Research project at the University of Portsmouth. He specialises in popular culture and the home front during the First World War and the immediate post-war period. He is interested in recruitment patterns, propaganda and the war’s impact upon class and gender relations at work and leisure. He is particularly interested in the ways in which port towns adapted to war-time conditions

Brad is the Guest Curator of Portsmouth City Museum’s ‘Lest We Forget’ Exhibition which will run between 19 July 2014 and 25 January 2015.  This £97,000 Heritage Lottery Funded project is the centre-piece of Portsmouth’s First World War commemorations.

He has published widely on war, popular culture and the city including books on Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Men in Britain, 1850-1945 (2009) and Visions of Empire: Popular Culture, Patriotism and the City, 1870-1939 (2012).

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