School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Second World War Network

The Second World War Network (Scotland), funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, formally launched in April 2021.

HCa Images from the Second World War

Dr Wendy Ugolini, School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Professor Tobias Kelly, School of Social & Political Science, were awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Arts & Humanities Research Network Award in 2019. That year, they hosted the 'New Directions in Second World War Studies' interdisciplinary workshop which brought together researchers in the field to discuss their work and to flag up themes which will be of importance during the 80th anniversary commemorations of the conflict (2019-2025). Following a suspension of activities due to covid-19, the Network relaunched in 2021.

The RSE funding supports the establishment of a Second World War Studies Network (Scotland) which aims to facilitate the discussion and exchange of ideas on the theme of the Second World War, with a particular focus on Scotland’s experience of the conflict. It also hopes to establish a platform from which higher education institutions, museums and cultural institutions in Scotland can identify and develop potential new partnerships addressing the Second World War.

Dr Ugolini and Professor Kelly will be working in partnership with David Forsyth, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary History at National Museums Scotland as well as other key partners including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Legion Scotland, and the Scottish Poetry Library.


Over the summer the Network hosted the 'Second World War Conversations' series with panels on East Asia and Visuals, News & Propaganda in Wartime Britain.

In September 2021 it held  an expert round table discussing the original themes emerging from recent key texts in the field of Second World War British History. You can view a recording of this event below. Please note that captions are generated automatically. 

Video: HCA SWW Round Table
A recording of the Expert Round Table on Second World War Britain: New Texts/New Themes held by Second World War Studies Network (Scotland) on 8 September, 2021. Please note that captions are generated automatically.

If you would like more information or to join the mailing list, please contact our Project Administrator, Emma Forth at

Further information

Dr Wendy Ugolini's staff profile

Professor Tobias Kelly

Second World War Network on Twitter: @SWWStudiesEdin


(Images courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: Top row, China 1944: Chinese troops practising a march past at the Chinese Military Academy at Chengtu © IWM IB 2789C, Submarine Deport Ship HMS Forth © IWM TR 535, West Indian men arriving in Scotland © IWM A 6194; Middle row, ATS Training © IWM H 15534, Gunnery Officer Lieut Cdr T J MacFarlan, RN, spots for ex-internee passengers during a shooting contest on board the Indomitable © IWM A 30987; Bottom row:  Indian representative visits Indian contingent in Scotland © IWM H 23950)