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Ms Yvonne McEwen

Yvonne McEwen

Scotland's War - Outreach Project Co-ordinator

Room 3.16, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Telephone: 0131 650 2560

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Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict


Yvonne joined the Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars (now the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict), the University of Edinburgh, in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with degrees in nursing and history.

In 2007 she organised the War, Journalism and History conference when, over the three days of events, war correspondents, academics and the public came together to examine and debate historical and contemporary aspects of war corresponding. As a result of the conference, she has produced an edited monograph on war correspondents titled "War, Journalism and History: War Correspondents in the Two World Wars".

She has received grants and awards from a variety of institutions:

  • The British Academy,The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland,
  • Edinburgh University Alumni Award,
  • and a sizable Public Engagement/Knowledge Transfer fund from the University of Edinburgh's Vice Principal's Office.

In 2008, she was awarded the Alice Fisher History Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania to assist with her research into Shell-Shock in women. In the same year, she was appointed Official Historian to the British Army Nursing Service.

In 2009 she was awarded the Gloeckner Fellowship from Drexel University College of Medicine's Archives and Legacy Centre, Philadelphia and is now a Visiting Scholar on Women in Warfare at the Centre.

Her most recent monograph, published by Edinburgh University Press is In the Company of Nurses: The British Army Nursing Service in the Great War, for publication in November 2013.

In 2012, she was appointed to the Academic Advisory Board of the Imperial War Museum's for the World War 1 Commemorations.

She is affiliated to The Centre for Canadian Studies, The University of Edinburgh.

Yvonne is currently advising the BBC on a World War 1 series.

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