Rebecca Ball, PhD Student

Rebecca BallFaculty of Social Sciences


PhD Working Title: 'The experiences of the Working Class in Britain who were children in the First World War and adults in the Second World War.'


I am a keen researcher with a strong interest in finding hidden histories. I am aiming to pursue an academic career so that I can disseminate my historical research to academic and non-academic audiences.

Academic qualifications

MA in History

BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics

Teaching interests

Currently I am helping to teach on the ‘Pursuit of History’ module. I am eager to undertake as many teaching and presenting opportunities given to me in order to gain these valuable practical skills.

Research interests

I am interested in the cultural history of Britain during the two World Wars as well as the role of memory.

My current research area is focusing on the family experiences of the British Working Class who were born between 1900 – 1914, as they were children in the First World War and then adults in the Second World War. I aim to compare their experiences between these two wars and explore what this can demonstrate about life on the home front for the working class.

Corporate and community engagement

I volunteer at my local museum as a front of house/ tour guide one day a week.

I am also involved in the project ‘Birmingham Children of War’