School of History, Art History and Philosophy

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Dr Sian Edwards

Post:Associate Tutor (History)
Location:ARTS B B155
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I am an Associate Tutor in the University of Sussex history department and have taught in the department since 2010. I graduated from Sussex with my PhD in Contemporary British history and studied under the supervision of Professor Claire Langhamer and Professor Ian Gazeley. The main focus of my thesis, entitled "Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside, 1930-1960", was an exploration of the centrality of the countryside in the citizenship training provided by youth movements in the mid-twentieth century. My broader research include gender, youth, leisure and rurality in twentieth century Britain. 


PhD Contemporary History (University of Sussex, 2013)

MA Contemporary History (University of Sussex, 2008)

BA Hons History (University of Sussex, 2007)




I have given the following papers -

‘You Can Help on The Kitchen Front! Domesticity and National Service in the British Girl Guide Organisation during the Second World War.’

June 2015. Society for the History of Children and Youth Biennial Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


‘Have you the hands of a hairdresser? The Girl Guide organisation and career advice for the ‘modern girl’ in 1930s Britain.’

March 2015. Social History Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth.


‘Who (and What) is the Countryside for? The Scouting Movements and the Stewardship of the English Countryside in the Post-war Period.’

July 2014. ‘People, protest and the land: a workshop in honour of Professor Alun Howkins’, University of Sussex.


‘Averting Misunderstandings: The Girl Guide Movement and Education for Courtship in 1950s Britain.’

April 2014. Social History Conference, University of Northumbria, Newcastle.


‘Good Wives and Citizens: Gender and the Young Farmers’ Clubs in 1950s England.’

April 2014. British Agricultural History Conference, Denman College, Oxfordshire.


 ‘Training the Good Citizen: the decline of imperialism in the English Scouting movements during the mid-twentieth century’.

July 2013. ‘The Global Expansion of the British Empire’ conference, Peking University, Beijing.


‘Contesting Narratives of Resistance: The Auxiliary Units in Kent during the Second World War’.

April 2013. ‘Civilians at War: 1914-1945’ postgraduate conference, CHASE consortium, University of Sussex.


‘Youth Movements, Citizenship and the English Countryside, 1930-1960’.

November 2012. Work in Progress Seminar, University of Sussex.



‘Nothing gets her goat! The Farmer’s Wife and the Duality of Rural Femininity in the Young Farmers’ Club Movement in 1950s Britain’, Women’s History Review (Forthcoming, January 2016).