Staff Profile

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Dr Martin Watts

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923243

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer & Programme Director Foundation Year, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Canterbury Christ Church University & Senior Lecturer, Modern History, School of Humanities 2017
  • Lecturer, Foundation Year, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Canterbury Christ Church University & Lecturer, Modern History, School of Humanities 2016-17
  • Associate Lecturer in History, The Open University, AA312 Total War & Social Change, 2009 -2013 (Exam marker 2012).  A327 Europe, 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity, 2013 – (Exam marker 2014 to present)
  • Sessional Lecturer in History CCCU 2009 -2016 Courses written, delivered and examined: British Empire & Total War, Industrial Revolution, Poverty & the Industrial Revolution, Crime & Policing in the Industrial Revolution, Pax Britannica, Modern Britain & Divided by a Common Language (for US students), The Long19th Century – The rise of Prussia, War and the Weimar Republic, American Foreign Policy 1776 – 1975.  War on the Front Line: Kent and the two World Wars. Also, Making History (first year skills course), Foundation Programme and supervising final year dissertations.
  • Principal Research Fellow Centre for Kent History & Heritage (CCCU) 2014 –

Research and knowledge exchange

Principal Research Fellow Centre for Kent History and Heritage, School of Humanities. Currently working on Whistable Maritime project in partnership with the Trust. Historical Adviser to National Trust Dover (Lydden Spout Battery project). Historical consultant to Chilham Research Group.

Teaching and subject expertise

Martin's teaching includes the development, writing and delivery of core and optional modules for the Faculty's Foundation Year. In History, Martin teaches regularly at all levels and supervises final year dissertations on a variety of topics, but especially those involving the experience of war. As a Modern Historian Martin has written and delivered modules on both world wars, American foreign policy and the industrial revolution.

External activities

  • Centre for Research in Kent History & Archaeology (CCCU). Communion & Sacrifice: St. Gregory’s War Memorial & The Great War, 29th November 2014, St. Gregory’s Centre, Canterbury.
  • Centre for Research in Kent History & Archaeology (CCCU). How the Great War changed Kent. Lectures & Workshops. 23rd May 2015, Old Sessions House CCCU.
  • ‘Being Human’ – ‘Searching the Past’ talk at Westminster Archives London – 20 November 2015.
  • Folkestone Book Fair: Talk – ‘Dover and the Great War’ 25 November 2015.
  • Shepherds Well History Society: Talk – ‘How the Great War changed Kent’ 26 November 2015.
  • Friends of Canterbury Festival: Talk – ‘Somme – Innocence Lost’. 4th February 2016.
  • Smarden Local History Society: Talk – ‘How the Great War changed Kent’ 17th March 2016.
  • Whitstable & Sittingbourne Probus Talk ‘Somme – Innocence Lost’. 14th June 2016.
  • Centre for Research in Kent History & Archaeology (CCCU). Richborough through the Ages. Conference 25th June 2016, Old Sessions House CCCU.
  • BBC Radio Kent – Breakfast Show 1st July 2016 – remembering the battle of the Somme.
  • Centre for Kent History and Heritage (CCCU). Baedecker Raid Anniversary public conference 3rd June 2017, Old Sessions House CCCU.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Conference. Key speaker.  'Chatham Dockyard at the heart of industry and seapower.' 24 November 2017.
  • Shepherds Well History Society: Talk – ‘The Royal Marines’ 26th  April 2018.
  • Whitstable Probus: Talk ‘The Royal Marines’ 8thMay 2018.
  • Appledore Village Society: Talk – ‘The Military Canal and the two World Wars. 10thMay 2018.
  • CCCU Public Conference – ‘Maritime Kent’. Paper – ‘ Kent at the heart of the industrial and shipping revolutions’. 22nd-23rdJune 2018.
  • Sheppey History Society: Talk ‘ The Royal Marines’. 8thAugust 2018.
  • TV Recording – Channel 4 ‘Britain at Low Tide’ Richborough. August 2018.
  • Whitstable History Society: Talk ‘Peterloo’. 6thNovember 2018.
  • CCCU Armistice Centenary Day (Organiser) : Paper: ‘Armistice, Remembrance & Sacrifice’. 9thNovember 2018.
  • Being Human events – Folkestone Leas Cliff – White Feather performance with local 6thFormers (Historical adviser). November 2018.
  • Sheppey History Society: Talk ‘ Chatham Dockyard’. 3rdMay 2019.Chatham Naval Officers Association: Talk 'The Royal Marines' 12th July 2019.

Publications and research outputs

Books:

 

  •  ‘The Jewish Legion and the First World War’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2004).


  • 'Royal Marines and the War at Sea 1939-45  (Amberley Publishing publication date - 15th February 2018)

       Articles:


  • Operation Market Garden – Strategic Masterstroke or Battle of the Egos? Published History, Vol.98 Issue 2 April 2013.

 

  • Maidstone and the First World War: Friendly Alien Recruitment and the Military Service Convention. Published Archaeologia Cantiana, Vol.CXXXIII 2013.

 

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Brigadier J.O.E. Vandeleur  September 2014.

 

  • Commemoration and Sacrifice – St. Gregory’s War Memorial & the Great War. Published CCCU July 2015.

 

  • Current research interests: Naval campaigns of the Second World War, Kent Society in 19th and early 20thCentury, Kent and the World Wars, Operation Market Garden and Immigration & Military Service.

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