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Ms Yvonne McEwen

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Yvonne McEwen

Outreach Officer: Project Director Scotland's War 1914-19

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

Telephone: 0131 650 2560

Affiliated research centres

Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict


In 2005, Yvonne joined the Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, now the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with degrees in nursing and history. She is currently the Project Director of 'Scotland's War 1914-1919, the largest Public Engagement programme outwith the Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of the First World War' project.

She has received grants and awards from a variety of national and international institutions including The British Academy, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Edinburgh University Alumni Award, Public Engagement/Knowledge Transfer fund from the University of Edinburgh's Vice Principal's Office.

She was appointed the Official Historian of the British Army Nursing Service in 2008 and has just completed a monograph In the Company of Nurses: The British Army Nursing Service  in the Great War, published by Edinburgh University Press, September 2014.

In the same year she was awarded the Alice Fisher History Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania to assist with her research into Shell-Shock in women. 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.

Since 2008 she has made several invited lecture trips to America. In 2010 she was honoured to  give the American College of  Physicians, Kate Hurd Meade History of Medicine Lecture.  In the 2014 Autumn semester she will return to Ohio University as a Visiting Scholar.

She was appointed in 2012 to the Academic Advisory Board of the Imperial War Museum for the World War 1 Commemorations.

In 2013 she  held an International  'Women in Warfare' conference, accompanied by an exhibition hosted at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. The exhibition, in collaboration with The Royal College of Surgeons, is now  touring the country and will be featured  during the Edinburgh International Festival 2014. The legacy of the conference is the establishment of a 'Women in Warfare' education  initiative.

Yvonne is currently a World War One adviser to the BBC and other media networks, documentary makers and national publications. In May 2014 she was approached by the Royal Shakespeare Company to advise on their new production of 'The Christmas Truce'.

She is affiliated to The Centre for Canadian Studies, The University of Edinburgh and later this year launches an exhibition and lecture programme on Canada's First Nations in World War One.

In 2010, she presented the Royal College of Nursing with her research into the 1,500 nurses who died in the Two World Wars and  launched an appeal for a memorial.

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