Staff Profiles

Martin Watts
Dr Martin Watts
Principal Research Fellow
School of Humanities


  • 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 activities

Principal Research Fellow Centre for Kent History and Heritage, School of Humanities. Currently working on Whistable Maritime project in partnership with the Trust.

Teaching and subject expertise

Martin's teaching includes the development, writing and delivery of core and optional modules for the Facult'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 activity

  • CCCU Warfare Conference 10 June 2011, Paper delivered on Operation Market Garden.
  • TV appearance. Historian BBC1 ‘Inside Out’ 6 February 2012, covering the loss of HMS Hythe in the First World War.
  • Airborne Museum, Hotel Hartenstein, Oosterbeek, 10 June 2012, Lecture on the battle for Arnhem, delivered to friends of the Museum.
  • Canterbury Catch Club event, 27thApril 2013, Canterbury Cathedral archives.
  • CCCU FAH event, Catch Club lecture, 7th June 2013, Canterbury Cathedral archives.
  • CCCU  Local History Conference 29th June 2013, Chair, Modern Session.
  • 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’ 25November 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 onference 3rd June 2017, Old Sessions House CCCU.
  • Whitstable Harbour Day - Whitstable Maritime Trust. History Tent. 5th August 2017.
  • Chilham Research Group 26th September 2017.

Publications and research outputs


  • ‘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)


  • 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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