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Northumbria University
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Second World War, Gender, Masculinities, Labour, Conscientious Objection, Home Front, Oral History
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About Me

Linsey Robb is a social and cultural historian of warfare. She completed her undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Strathclyde (with an MSc in Social History from the University of Glasgow), graduating for the final time in July 2013. After graduation Linsey worked on the AHRC-funded oral history project ‘Masculinities Challenged?’, a large-scale oral history project examining the lives of men in reserved occupations during the Second World War. She then taught at Teesside University (2015-2017) before joining Northumbria University in September 2017.

Recent Publications


Men at Work: The Working Man in British Culture, 1939 – 1945 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

[with Juliette Pattinson and Arthur McIvor] Men in Reserve: British civilian masculinities in the Second World War (Manchester University Press, 2017)

[Edited with Juliette Pattinson] Men, Masculinities and Male Culture during the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Journal Articles

“The Front Line’: Firefighting in British Culture, 1939-1945’, Contemporary British History (Volume 29, Issue 2, 2015).

‘Blood, Thunder and Showgirls: The Merchant Navy on the BBC, 1939 – 1945’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (Volume 35, Issue 4, 2015).

‘The ‘Conchie Corps’: Conflict, Compromise and Conscientious Objection in the British Army, 1940–1945, Twentieth Century British History (Advanced online, March 2018)

Book Chapters

‘“Fighting In Their Ways”? The Civilian Man in British Culture, 1939 – 1945’ in M. Crawley and S. Dawson, Home Fronts – Britain and the Empire at War, 1939-45 (Boydell and Brewer, 2017).

‘“The Cushy Number”: The Civilian Man in British Post-War Culture’ in L. Robb and J. Pattinson (eds.), Men, Masculinities and Male Culture in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Military