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Dr Edward Packard

Lecturer in History


Dr Edward Packard

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Dr Edward Packard is a modern international historian, with particular interests in aspects of British and European twentieth-century history. He joined the History team in September 2010 after obtaining his PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2009. He also holds a BA in History, with first class honours, from the LSE (2003) and an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge (2004).


The Rise of the West: 1500-1905

The Decline of the West? 1905-2001

Europe in the Age of Total War, 1914-1945

The Cold War

A History of Genocide

Group Project

Dissertation (Contributor)

Research interests

The history of interwar Britain and Europe. My current research focuses on the history and memory of the Basque refugee children in Britain, 1937-39, particularly those who stayed at ‘colonies’ in Suffolk. I also help to co-ordinate the Association for the UK Basque Children’s educational and research activity in the East of England.


‘The many histories of the Basque refugee children in Britain’, Childhood Remixed, forthcoming 2018.

Selected conference papers

‘The Basque Children in Suffolk – a local study’, The Basque Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War – history and memory, University of Southampton, June 2018.

‘“It was the first time anything like this had happened and we made every conceivable mistake”. How local communities in Suffolk helped the Basque refugee children of 1937’, Social History Society Annual Conference, UCL Institute of Education and Institute of Historical Research, London, April 2017.

‘“We all hope one day to be able to repay you for something that money cannot give” The Basque refugee children in Suffolk, 1937-1939’, Children and Childhoods Conference, University of Suffolk, July 2017.