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Professor of French, Cardiff University

Hanna Diamond is involved in a number of collaborative projects linked to her interest in France and the Second World War:

Public response to her book Fleeing Hitler: France 1940 (OUP, 2007) led her to create an interactive website as a forum for people to post their family stories and discuss them. She is interested in how digital technology can enhance the way readers and users engage with history and is currently leading a React Books and Print research project entitled the Living History Book Project.

She is working on a project dealing with war photography and memory with the Imperial War Museum and the University of Cardiff. She is particularly interested in photographic narratives of the Liberation and the photographers Julia Pirotte, Thérèse Bonney and Lee Miller.

She is collaborating on a major project on European Resistance and transnationalism with the Universities of Oxford and London.

She is committed to public engagement and ensuring that her work has a wide impact. With Professor Robert Gildea (Oxford), she is leading a team who are preparing a series of events (conference, photographic exhibition, film screenings) to take place in June 2014 in London, Oxford and Bath to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation in France.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of French, Cardiff University