Researchers at UCD


Jennifer Wellington

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Late 19th or 20th

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168627


Dr Jennifer Wellington's research focuses on the cultural history of warfare in the first half of the twentieth century. 

She received honours degrees in Law and English from the Australian National University. Following this, she completed her PhD in history at Yale University, where her PhD thesis was awarded the Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in a Field of European History. Prior to joining UCD, she was a postdoctoral researcher at King's College London.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in a Field of European History
Year: 2010.
Title: New York University/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (NYU/CNRS) Memory and Memorialization Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: Bourse de l'Historial
Year: 2010.
Title: Canadian Studies Doctoral Student Research Award
Year: 2009.
Title: William M. Crozier, Jr. Class of 1954 Fellowship
Year: 2008.
Title: Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
Year: 2006.
Title: Yale University Fellowship
Year: 2005.
Title: Tillyard Prize
Year: 2004.
Title: Australian National University Honours Scholarship

Conference Contributions

Jennifer Wellington (2017) Creating the myth of Vimy in wartime propaganda. [Invited Oral Presentation], Myth, Memory and Military encounters -- National Rememberings of First World War Battles, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff , 05-APR-17 - 05-APR-17.
Jennifer Wellington (2016) All the flotsam and jetsam of war from all fronts: Exhibiting the First World War in imperial Britain. [Invited Lecture], Forschungskolloquium zur Neueren Geschichte, Freie Universität Berlin , 01-NOV-16 - 01-NOV-16.
Jennifer Wellington (2016) Imagined Landscapes in Palestine during the Great War. [Invited Oral Presentation], Peripheral Visions: European Soldiers and Cultural Encounters in the Long Nineteenth Century, Trinity College Dublin , 02-JUN-16 - 04-JUN-16.
Jennifer Wellington (2016) War Museums and War Memory in Britain and the Dominions, 1917-1925. [Oral Presentation], Society for Military History 2016, Ottawa, Canada , 14-APR-16 - 17-APR-16.
Jennifer Wellington (2016) Propaganda and imperial patriotism in the British Empire during the First World War. [Invited Lecture], NUI Galway History Seminar, NUI Galway , 06-APR-16 - 06-APR-16.
Jennifer Wellington (2016) Violence as spectacle: Exhibiting the Great War in the British Empire. [Invited Lecture], Globalising and Localising the Great War Seminar, University of Oxford, Oxford , 03-MAR-16 - 03-MAR-16.
Jennifer Wellington (2015) To teach posterity of the glorious part of the race: official representations of Canada at war, 1916-1930. [Invited Lecture], Canadian Studies Seminar Series, University College, Dublin , 22-OCT-15 - 22-OCT-15.
Jennifer Wellington (2015) Conflicting commemorations: Gallipoli in Ireland and Australia. [Invited Lecture], Irish Studies Seminar, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne, Australia , 17-AUG-15 - 17-AUG-15.
Jennifer Wellington (2015) 'Authentic Violence and Imperial Nationalism: Australian and Canadian War Exhibitions, 1917-1922'. [Invited Oral Presentation], War Studies Seminar, Trinity College Dublin , 19-FEB-15 - 19-FEB-15.
Jennifer Wellington (2014) Displaying the nation: war exhibitions in Britain & Australia, 1917-1925. [Invited Oral Presentation], Emergent Nations: Australia and Ireland in the First World War, University College Dublin , 17-OCT-14 - 17-OCT-14.
Jennifer Wellington (2014) A nation is built upon pride of race: Dominion war exhibitions during the First World War. [Invited Oral Presentation], War, Society and Culture Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London , 15-OCT-14 - 15-OCT-14.
Jennifer Wellington (2014) National Beginnings, Tragic Pasts: Constructing First World War Memory in the British Empire. [Oral Presentation], Débuts, Commencements, Initiations: Les Premières Fois de la Grande Guerre, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, France , 30-JUN-14 - 02-JUL-14.
Jennifer Wellington (2014) Empire in Canadian and Australian First World War Exhibitions, 1918-1922. [Oral Presentation], The British Empire and the Great War: Colonial Societies / Cultural Responses, Singapore , 19-FEB-14 - 22-FEB-14.
Jennifer Wellington (2013) Empire and nation in First World War Exhibitions, 1917-1922. [Oral Presentation], North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, Oregon, USA , 08-NOV-13 - 10-NOV-13.
Jennifer Wellington (2013) Structures of remembering and forgetting in British and Australian First World War museums. [Oral Presentation], Making Military History In Museums, National Army Museum, London , 13-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13.
Jennifer Wellington (2013) Violence on display, 1917-1930. [Invited Oral Presentation], History Department Seminar, University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Australia , 16-AUG-13 - 16-AUG-13.
Jennifer Wellington (2013) Official mythmaking, official exhibitions, and the Great War. [Invited Oral Presentation], History on Monday, University of Sydney, University of Sydney, Australia , 19-AUG-13 - 19-AUG-13.
Jennifer Wellington (2012) 'Not Only Realistic but Real': In Search of the Authentic Experience of War in Wartime London, 1914- 1918. [Invited Oral Presentation], Modern Europe Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut , 22-FEB-12 - 22-FEB-12.
Jennifer Wellington (2011) 'The War of Souvenirs': Collecting and Exhibiting the First World War in Britain, Canada and Australia, 1914-1920. [Invited Oral Presentation], Association of Yale Alumni Conference, New Haven, Connecticut , 23-NOV-11 - 23-NOV-11.
Jennifer Wellington (2009) Narrative as history, image as memory: Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917-45. [Oral Presentation], Museums, material culture and the British Empire, British Museum and National Maritime Museum, London , 29-OCT-09 - 29-OCT-09.


Year 2013 Institution: Yale University, CT
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Yale University, CT
Qualification: MPhil Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Yale University, CT
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 2005 Institution: Australian National University, Canberra
Qualification: LLB Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: Australian National University, Canberra
Qualification: BA Subject:

Outreach Activities

Appearances on the History Show, RTÉ Radio 1; public lectures at museums, public events, colleges of further education, and schools in Dublin, Kells, and Limerick (Ireland), Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Dubbo (Australia), London (United Kingdom), and New Haven (United States); panellist for History Ireland Hedge Schools, 2015-2016; panellist, "The Forgotten Soldiers" public event, British Library, 2014; assistance with and interviews for television documentaries.

Other Activities

Member of Editorial Board; Section Editor. 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War.



Jennifer Wellington (2017) Exhibiting War: the Great War, museums and memory in Britain, Canada and Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Jennifer Wellington (2016) 'Empire and nation in Canadian and Australian First World War Exhibitions, 1917-1918' In: Andrekos Varnava and Michael Walsh (eds). The Great War and the British Empire: Culture, Identity, Memory. London: Routledge. [Details]
Jennifer Wellington (2012) 'Narrative as History, Image as Memory: Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917-41' In: Sarah Longair and John McAleer (eds). Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Jennifer Wellington (2008) 'History, Memory and the Law: Representing the High Court of Australia's Mabo Decision' In: Robert Post (eds). Global Constitutionalism: Constitutional Orders. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale Law School. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Jennifer Wellington (2016) 'Commencements nationaux, passés tragiques : la construction de la mémoire de la Grande Guerre dans l'Empire britannique'. Histoire@Politique, 28 . Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Jennifer Wellington (2017) British Art and the First World War, 1914-1924. Book Reviews Available Online [Details]


Jennifer Wellington (curator) (2012) Si loin de chez eux, 1916-1918/So far from home, 1916-1918. Media [Details]


Jennifer Wellington (2016) The Somme: the big picture. Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Modern European cultural history, British and French imperialism, settler colonialism (particularly in Australia, New Zealand and Canada), material and visual culture, interwar society and culture, studies in war and society, history and memory, violence, nationalism, the First World War.