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First Name
Lucianna
Last Name
Harrison
Affiliation
Postgraduate Student at Cardiff university, starting September 2018. Graduate from University of Exeter (2014)
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Keywords
Women's Royal Air Force, WRAF, Womens Auxiliary Air Force, WAAF, Belief, Superstition, Late Medieval Religion, Heresy, Sorcery, Witchcraft, English Reformation, Tudor, Early Modern, Late Middle Ages, World War I, Great War, Women, Women's Auxiliary Corps,
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About Me

I have taken a keen interest in history from a very young age – my first topic of interest at the age of 5 or 6 was the Sinking of the Titanic. It was in my early teens that I became interested in the 16th Century. During my Secondary Education I wrote a 5,000 word thesis on the English Reformation for the voluntary Extended Project Qualification.

During my undergraduate studies at the University of Exeter, where I studied History & German, I focused on the Late Medieval and Early Modern periods, writing my dissertation on the Church’s attitudes to Superstition in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages – specifically the 14th and 15th centuries.

I will be starting a Master of Arts degree at Cardiff University in September 2018, during which I wish to focus on the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF), which existed from 1918-20. Women’s Auxiliary corps within the military during The Great War, and especially the WRAF, have received remarkably little scholarly attention in my view, when compared to the Nursing organisations and munitions workers. This is something I hope to address.

My interest in this subject was first aroused after I joined a re-enactment group, which portrays the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), and I later researched its history. Whilst conducting this research, and after learning of the existence of the WRAF in the First World War, I attempted to obtain as much secondary literature as I could. It soon became apparent that there was a dearth of material concerning this organisation. I recognised this as an opportunity for me to research the WRAF and contribute to the existing scholarship on women’s services during the First World War.

Outside of my academic interest in history, I am also a historical reenactor, portraying both the Elizabethan and Henrician periods as both a lower sort and as a member of the minor gentry – mostly at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. I also portray a Corporal wireless operator in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War with the Tail End Charlies – this takes me across the country. During the 2019 season I hope to be able to portray a WRAF dispatch rider so as to raise awareness of the women who were members of this organisation in the public sphere as well as in academic circles.

I also make the vast majority of my clothing for reenactment – especially that for the 16th Century – and take a keen interest in historical costume & fashion in general.

 

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Country Focus
Western Europe & the UK - England for much of my early modern studies.
Expertise by Geography
England, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Religion, Women, World War I, World War II