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Research Update: June in Review and Goals for July

By • Jul 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

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

By • Jun 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

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

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

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

By • May 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

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

By • Apr 12th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

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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Summary of Summer Research

By • Aug 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Although I do not start my honors thesis until next academic year, I needed to do research in order to gauge the subject I intended to pursue. This summer, I was able to not able to survey the wealth of resources available, but I was also able to reevaluate my initial expectations for the thesis […]

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Cambridge Goes to War: The Royal Flying Corps at Christ’s College

By • Aug 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Although I was unable to view the Rhys Davids papers (the primary collection I had intentions of viewing), I discovered that Christ’s College, the college I stayed at during my study abroad program at Cambridge, held some materials pertaining to the Royal Flying Corps. All the materials were held in Christ’s College’s library as a […]

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It’s All in the Details: Social Class and Royal Flying Corps Recruitment Tactics

By • Aug 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My visit to the Royal Air Force Museum definitely had a positive influence on my research. Despite researching different elements of the Royal Flying Corps for the past few years, seeing all the artifacts side-by-side in exhibitions caused me to think differently and, in a way, more intensively that ever before. One such new approach […]

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“For King and Country”: A Look at James McCudden’s Manuscript

By • Aug 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“I am now in England training the young idea, but my heart is in France amongst the gallant boys who are daily dying,, and those who are dead, having given themselves to that most wonderful Cause- For King and Country.” -James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps   The weeks since my visit […]

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“Man’s Greatest and Most Glorious Triumph”: A Visit to the Royal Air Force Museum London

By • Aug 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

July 28 to the July 30 was the one free weekend of William and Mary’s Summer Study Abroad Program at Cambridge. The timing was perfect, as the Royal Air Force Museum Reading Room is only open Monday through Friday. So while everyone else was boarding trains and planes to go to their weekend destinations on […]

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