Charlotte Tomlinson

Charlotte Tomlinson


My research focuses on the experiences of female civilian volunteers in Second World War Britain, specifically those women who were members of the Women's Voluntary Services. It explores the relationship between women, propaganda and wartime voluntarism and is generously funded by the White Rose College for the Arts and Humanities (AHRC). My PhD supervisors are Dr Jessica Meyer and Dr Laura King.

I began my PhD in 2017 after completing an MA in Modern History at Leeds. My previous research project was closely related to my current research and examined women's responses to clothing policy and propaganda in Second World War Britain. My MA thesis argued that women's responses to wartime propaganda were more complex and ambiguous than has been previously argued, and were fundamentally shaped by both gendered and classed ideas of women's roles in wartime.

More broadly, my research interests cover the relationship between women and war, popular memory (especially of the Second World War in Britain), public engagement (particularly projects focusing on memory and place), Place-making and history, and teaching with archives. I am committed to working on projects beyond academia and in  2017 I launched The Hull Blitz Trail, a public engagement project, alongside Hull UK City of Culture 2017.



Charlotte Tomlinson, ‘Review: An historical map of Kingston-Upon-Hull, from medieval town to industrial city’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 2018.

Raphael Hallett, Charlotte Tomlinson, Tim Procter, ‘Setting up a ‘Special Relationship’: Students as Co-Creators of a Research-based Curriculum’, Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 2018.


Conference Papers

There’s a Job for Women Too! Volunteering for the Women’s Voluntary Services in Second World War Britain, Protect and Survive: Bombing, Civilians and Voluntary Organisations (Symposium), July 2018.

City of Culture, City of Transformation: Bringing Together the Urban Past and Urban Present in The Hull Blitz Trail, Urban History Beyond the Academy (Symposium), Leeds Beckett University, May 2018.

Work in Progress: Volunteering for the Women's Voluntary Services in Second World War Britain, School of History, May 2018.

Research interests

PhD Researcher and PG Tutor, focusing on women, propaganda and voluntarism in Second World War Britain through a study of the Women's Voluntary Services. Interested in women, war and propaganda, popular history and memory, place in history and heritage, teaching with archives, and public engagement. 


  • Leeds for Life Foundation Award, 2018
  • White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities PhD Scholarship (AHRC), 2017
  • University of Leeds MA Scholarship, 2015