BiographyGilly Carr is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at the Institute of Continuing Education, a Fellow of St Catharine's College and a Member of the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research. She works in the field of Conflict Archaeology, POW Archaeology and Heritage Studies and her current research projects are based in the Channel Islands. She is currently working on a monograph entitled 'A Legitimate Heritage? Testimonies of Nazi persecution from the Channel Islands', which analyses the experiences in Nazi prisons and concentration camps of Channel Islanders, based on their written testimonies of this period, and examining their memory and heritage over the last 70 years. The book will be published by Bloomsbury Academic.
Recently completed projects include 'Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from Small Islands' (Routledge 2015, co-edited with Keir Reeves), which explores how and why war memory is so enduring in small islands, and how it shapes identity and heritage responses. Previous volumes include 'Legacies of Occupation: Heritage, Memory and Archaeology in the Channel Islands' (Springer, 2014), which discusses the archaeology and heritage of the WWII German occupation of the Channel Islands, and 'Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands: German Occupation 1940-1945' (Bloomsbury Academic 2014), partnered by Dr Paul Sanders (Reims) and Dr Louise Willmot (MMU). A short video, 'Forgotten Heroes', was made about some of this research. This research was supported by the British Academy and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Her recent projects within POW archaeology and material culture include 'Prisoners of War' (Springer, 2013) and 'Creativity Behind Barbed Wire' (Routledge, 2012). Current excavation projects include ‘Nazi camps on British soil’, which concerns the archaeology and heritage of forced and slave labour in the Channel Islands. The focus of this is the forced labour camp of Lager Wick in Jersey.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
The heritage and archaeology of occupation; post-conflict heritage; POW archaeology; Conflict Archaeology.