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Three Minute Military Thesis Entries

What is TMMT?

The 'Three Minute Military Thesis' competition from the British Commission for Military History gives PhD researchers the chance to pitch their research to a non-specialist audience in just 180 seconds. It produces fast-paced engaging pitches from experts on a wide range of topics as the entrants compete for a cash prize.

This year's event, generously sponsored by the National Army Museum Development Trust, will see £200 awarded to the winner, with £100 going to the runner up. 

For the first time we're also running a 'People's Choice' Award, where you can vote for your favourite entry to win a £100 cash prize. To vote go to: http://bit.ly/2ZnAWrS You may only vote once, and voting closes at 12:00 midday on Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

If you'd like to attend a live Q&A with our competitors for free, where we'll announce the winners, go to http://bit.ly/3b8c4tu



The 18th Century Irish Military Establishment

Andrew Dorman | Twitter: @AndyDormann

My research examines the soldier’s life in the Irish Military Establishment in the eighteenth century. Ireland served as the barracks of Britain by maintaining 12,000 of her men. This force and their army-societal relationship are often ignored in both British military and Irish history and my thesis aims to change this.

The Symbolic Function of Destroyers

Jayne Friend | Twitter: @FriendJayne

My presentation discusses my thesis which explores the symbolic function of the Royal Navy destroyer in British culture, society and identity formation, 1895-1945. My thesis examines the agency of destroyers as symbolic vessels in shaping local, national and imperial identities and in negotiating the relationship between navy and nation.

Allied Mine Warfare in WW2

Jack Hunter | Twitter: @Jack_A_Hunter

My research is focused on the lessons learnt by Allied mine warfare units in the build-up to the Normandy landings on June 6th 1944, as well as looking at the mine clearances of European harbours, which enabled the continued supply of advancing Allied forces for the remainder of the campaign. 

WW1 War Graves in Britain

Megan Kelleher | Twitter: @MeganEKelleher

My thesis researches the presence of First World War graves across England, and how the work of the Imperial War Graves Commission conformed to and contrasted with their building of cemeteries and memorials abroad through their bureaucratic work, outreach and impact on the public’s attitudes towards commemoration.

Three Military Matrons-in-Chief

Sarah Rogers

The presentation will discuss new research into The London Hospital Matron, Eva Lückes, and the previously little-known part, that she and other London Hospital ‘supporters’, played in the development of military nursing between 1903-1919. During this time three of ‘their’ nurses were appointed as Matrons-in-Chief.

Nottingham in the English Civil War

Rik Sowden | Twitter: @HistoricEchoes

During the English Civil War Nottingham was an important parliamentary garrison, which faced external military threats and internal political-religious factions division and disruption. My research provides insight into an interesting place with interesting people and events, and provides a template for other studies of garrison towns elsewhere in the country.

Recruitment and Training of the Royal Flying Corps

David Spruce | Twitter: @Sprucey_1969

Five years after Blériot’s Channel crossing, Britain was faced with a war in the air. Manpower rose from 2,000 men to 291,000 during a period of tremendous revolutionary change. The nature of these men and their training continues to be misrepresented by the historiography. My research will put this right.

Literary representations of WW1 pilots

Michael Terry | Twitter: @ushgarak1977

My work is on the distinct representation of First World War aerial combat in literature. As well as books, it involves research into combat reports, communiques, newspaper articles, diaries and publication records in order to see what we can learn from this under-researched area of First World War culture. 

Remember to vote for your favourite to win the 'People's Choice' Award at http://bit.ly/2ZnAWrS