Research Update: June in Review and Goals for July

Ever since I got back from England on June 8, things have been very hectic. After losing a week of focused research during a family vacation, I have spent the past few weeks scheduling research appointments, ordering more sources, and preparing to start a part time job on my local historical society’s new oral history…
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Testaments to Character: Reflections and Memories in the Imperial War Museum Archives

On May 29 I went on a research visit to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London. Although most of my resources are at the Royal Air Force Museum, there were a few sources I wanted to look at the IWM. Due to copyright reasons, I cannot include the photos of the sources I consulted…
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Where History Comes to Life: A Day at the Duxford Air Festival

On Sunday, I attended day two of Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Air Festival. Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to go to the Imperial War Museums, especially IWM Duxford. Although I was in Cambridge (where Duxford is located) last summer for a six week long study abroad program, I was unable…
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Setting the Foundation: An outline for my time in England

Although the spring semester finished over two weeks ago, I haven’t stopped since submitting my independent study’s twenty page paper. Since touching down at London Heathrow four days ago, I have been working in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library amongst Cambridge students preparing for their final exams. Ideally, I should have…
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Social Identity in the Royal Flying Corps: An Introduction

Before 1918, there were two aviation branches in the British military: The Royal Flying Corps, formed in 1912 as the air arm of the British Army before and during the First World War, and the Royal Naval Air Service, formed in 1914 as the air arm of the Royal Navy. As social class divisions were…
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