Prof Maggie Andrews


Professor Emerita of Cultural History

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

tel: 01905 54 2426

Prof Maggie Andrews is a cultural historian whose work covers the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history within popular culture. A key focus of her research is domesticity and femininity. She is the author of a range of publications including a feminist history of the Women's Institute movement and an exploration of the history of the inter-relationship of broadcasting, femininity and domesticity in twentieth century Britain. Her current work relates to domesticity and the Home Front in World War One and Two; she is currently writing a monograph on Women and Evacuation in the Second World War to be published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Maggie has a strong commitment to public engagement; from 2008-2013 she worked with the National Memorial Arboretum and Nottingham University to convene a series of seminars on Remembrance, Commemoration and Memorials in Contemporary Culture.These seminars, which were initially funded by the Royal British Legion, led to a jointly edited book, Lest We Forget: Remembrance and Commemoration, and a special remembrance edition of the Journal of War and Culture Studies.

Prof Andrews is Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded WWI engagement center Voices of War and Peace: The Great War and its Legacy, leading on the theme of gender and the home front. She also works with the Worcestershire WW1 100 Heritage Lottery Funded project and undertakes a range of media work.

Maggie has undertaken a range of media work, she was an AHRC-funded adviser to the BBC in the West Midlands on the World War One at Home project and is the historical consultant for the Radio 4 Drama Home Front.

Teaching & Research

Prof Andrews' teaching and research supervision reflect her research and she teaches modules on: the Home Fronts: Myths, Narratives, Images and Experiences, Women's History 1900-2000 and TV History.

Professional Bodies

Professor Andrews is a member of the National Steering Committee for the Women's History Network and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


M. Andrews and J. Lomas (eds.) The Home Front in Britain: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences since 1914, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

M. Andrews, A. Gregson, and J. Peters, Worcestershire's War: Voices of World War 1, Stroud: Amberley Press.

M. Andrews and S. McNamara (eds.)Femininity and Feminism: A Reader on Women and the Media since the 1900s, Oxford: Routledge.

M. Andrews, Domesticating the Airwaves:Broadcasting, Domesticity and Femininity, London: Continuum.

M. Andrews, N. Hunt and C. Bagot-Jewitt (eds.)Lest We Forget? Cultures of Remembrance,Stroud: The History Press.

M. Andrews and E. Stevenson, AQA Media Studies, Bristol: Nelson Thornes.

M. Andrews and M. Talbot (eds.) All the World and Her Husband, London: Cassell.

M. Andrews, The Acceptable Face of Feminism: The Women's Institute Movement 1915-1960,London: Lawrence and Wishart. (A new edition being published in November 2015.)

Chapters in books

M. Andrews, Potential Cosmopolitan Sensibilities in Feminised and Mediated Remembrance in A. Yilmaz Aybige, R. Trandafoiu, A. Mousoutzanis (eds.) Media and Cosmopolitanism, Bern: Peter Lang, pp 51-70.

M. Andrews, Shopping for Identities and Purchasing Fantasies of Domesticity in Post-war Kays Catalogues in B. Mitra, and R Johnson,. (eds.) Gender Construction in Kays Catalogues : 1920 to the New Millennium Cambridge: Cambridge Academic, pp. 47-59.

M. Andrews and F. Carter, Who Let the Dogs Out: Pets, Parenting and the Ethics of Lifestyle Television in G. Palmer (ed) Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal, Basingstoke: Ashgate, pp39-48.

M. Andrews, Nigella Bites the Naked Chef: the sexual and sensual in Television Cookery Programmes in J. Floyd and L. Foster (eds.) The Recipe Reader, Basingstoke: Ashgate, pp187-204.

M. Andrews, Butterflies and Caustic Asides in S. Wagg (ed) Because I Tell a Joke or Two, Oxford: Routledge, pp50-64.

M. Andrews, For Home and Country: Feminism and Englishness in the Women's Institute Movement in Weight R & Beach A (eds.) The Right to Belong, Tauris, pp116-135.

M. Andrews, The Acceptable Face of Feminism in S. Oldfield (ed.) This Working Day World: Women's Lives and Culture 1915-1945, Basingstoke: Taylor and Francis, pp 29-39.

Academic journal articles - sole authored

Forthcoming 2015
'Rethinking the significance of the 'Home' in the West Midlands Home Front in Women's History: the Journal of Women's History Network.

Poppies, Tommies and Remembrance in Soundings Issue 58 Winter pp104-115.

'Nationalising Hundreds and Thousands of Women: a domestic response to a national problem, Women's History Review Vol 24 No 1 pp.112-130.

Narrative Tropes and Emotional Realism in Memories of Evacuees to Staffordshire in Children In War, The International Journal of the Evacuee and War Child Studies, Vol 1, No 10 pp. 57-62

Homes both sides of the Microphone: wireless and domestic space in inter-war Britain, Women's History Review Vol. 21, No. 4 pp 605-622.

Mediating Remembrance; personalization and celebrity in television remembrance, Journal of War and Culture Studies, Vol. 4 : 3. Pp357-370.

Feminism, femininity and the potential politics of consuming popular culture: a case study of Marie Claire a reportage of global humanitarian politics, Imperium Vol. 4pp44-61.

Calendar Ladies: Popular culture, sexuality and the middle aged, middle-classwoman in Sexualities, Vol 6, No 3-4, pp. 385-40.

Nostalgia or Popular Narratives: Why I Like Mary Poppins, Women's History NotebooksWinter 1996 pp385-403.

Jam Making, Cuthbert Rabbit and Cake Making, The Journal of Rural History, Vol. 7: pp. 207-219.

Jam and Jerusalem The Journal of Oral History, Vol. 23, Nos 1-2, pp. 87-96.

Recent magazine articles

VE Day: Rebuilding Britain in All About History, May 2015, pp 43-48.

Life in the Shadow of Victory: the highs and lows of the 1945 home front BBC History, January 2015, pp 28-33.

Snapshots of Women at War Scottish Art News, August 2014, pp 22-25.

Examples of recent conference papers

Feb 2015
Salting the Pig and Harvesting the Plums: gendered roles in rural Worcestershire in WW1 at Rural Women's Studies Conference, Texas State University.

Dec 2014
Temporality and Diversity: What role for pluralistic and engaged research practice in the future university? At the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference in Bristol.

Nov 2014
Keynote lecture, Anxiety, emotions and housekeeping, some thoughts on supporting student progression in FE at Inaugural Post Compulsory Education Training Conference at Bourneville College, Longbridge.

July 2014
Keynote lecture, Have the tropes and topics of Women's History made the horrors of war more palatable HEA Conference on Teaching War and Remembrance. Institute of Historical Research, London.

July 2014
Rethinking the significance of the 'Home' in the West Midlands Home Front at Anglo American Conference, Institute of Historical Research, London.

June 2014
Myth- Conceptions of World War I in diaries and Expistolatory Fiction for Children with Prof. Jean Webb at Symposium on First World War in late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century literature for children, young adults at Trinity College Dublin.

June 2014
For Home and Country: the overriding appeal of commemorating the First World War, Competing Commemoration Conference, University of Chichester

May 2014
Evacuation, Towneysim, Enforced Intimacy, and Rural Feminisms at the Berkshire Women's History Conference, University of Toronto.

April 2014
Keynote Lecture, Commemorating the First World War: a cultural legacy of media remembrance The First World War and Its Global Legacies: 100 Years On, Conference at the University of Sunderland.

External Responsibilities

Editorial Board of Women's History Review

2014 External Reviewer Humanities Programme University of Hertfordshire

2011 External Reviewer, MA Media Arts, Southampton Solent University

2010- 2014 External Examiner for Media and Chief External Language programmes, University of Brighton.

2003 -10 AQA A Level Media Studies Senior Examiner

2003 10 EdExcel A level History Senior Examiner

2001-4 Chief External Examiner, Media Arts, University of Luton

1998 -2001 Programme Adviser, Media Studies, St Marys, Twickenham.

1999- 2004 External Examiner, Media Studies, University of Wolverhampton

1997-98 HEFCE/QAA Subject Assessor, Media Studies

1995-97 Tutor Consultant and Study Guide Author, D318 Media, Culture and Identity, Open University