Warfare historian


Welcome! I’m Dr Clare Makepeace. I’m a historian, writer, lecturer and consultant in the cultural history of the First and Second World Wars. I’m the author of Captives of War. British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War and an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

I have also written on POWs in the Far East and researched and written extensively on the visits of British soldiers in brothels in  World War One. In both these topics, I focus upon the wider themes of men at war, emotions in war and memories of war.

I have written for a variety of publications from academic books and journals, to Britain’s best-selling history magazine (BBC History Magazine), to the UK’s second biggest-selling newspaper (The Daily Mail), and the world’s most popular (Daily Mail Online) and largest news websites (BBC News online).

I work with various media professionals both in a consultancy and on-air capacity and have contributed to programs for BBC 1 (Heir Hunters, Who Do You Think You Are?), BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio outlets as well as newspapers, including the Independent and the Guardian. My work has also inspired an Arts Council funded theatre production ‘The House Behind the Lines’, which recently completed a regional tour in Yorkshire.

In 2017-18, I am  teaching an online course and a day school on prisoners of war in the Second World War at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. I have previously taught modern British history, gender history and history core courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, at Birkbeck, University of London, and UCL.

Please do read more on my website, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.