June Balshaw

Dr June Balshaw BA Hons, MA, PhD

Dr June Balshaw
BA Hons, MA, PhD

Head of Department

Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities


Dr June Balshaw started her life at Greenwich as a mature student in 1990 and – apart from a short spell as a postgraduate at the London School of Economics – has been at the university ever since. Dr Balshaw has held numerous posts within the university including:

  • Managing the teaching and learning at the Environment-Science-Society Interface (TALESSI) project (supported by HEFCE's Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning, 1997–2001)
  • Setting up the Combined Honours undergraduate programmes across the university (1999-2000)
  • Programme Leader for the Combined Extended and History degrees (2000–present)
  • School of Humanities Employability Co-ordinator (2006–07)
  • History Placements Co-ordinator (2007–present)
  • Working with the Archives Project Leader (ongoing)
  • Educational Development Co-ordinator (2007–09)
  • Programme Leader, History (2008–10).
  • Director of Resources (2010 - present)
  • Memories of War Project Director (2010 – present)

Dr Balshaw is interested in and committed to learning and teaching initiatives which are innovative and student focused. In July 2008, she was made a university teaching fellow in recognition of her contribution in the delivery and development of teaching here at Greenwich.

The Memories of War project brings together many of the memories that people have shared with us over the last two years. The Memories of War project team made up of staff, students and volunteers has conducted and transcribed hundreds of individual and group interviews.

In addition to oral testimonies and visual images, the website includes a range of free teaching and learning resources for use by schools and colleges. Please visit:


Dr Balshaw teaches on a range of history based courses as well as delivering guest lecturers to other programmes across the university.

Her research interests include: 

  • The British suffrage movement
  • Bigamy and gender relations during the First World War
  • The development of public history as a discipline
  • Family and community history
  • Oral history
  • The WVS

She is also interested in the use of archives as teaching and learning resources and actively encourages students to get involved with local archives. She also works with local schools to promote history and support the AS/A2 level curriculum.

Memories of War and Public History at the University of Greenwich in Public History in UK Higher Education (Jan 2011) http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/heahistory/resources/cs_various_publichistoryinhe_20110117.pdf

University of Greenwich: linking History assessment and work placements to encourage original authentic work in Supporting academic integrity. Approaches and resources for higher education,

The Higher Education Academy/JISC Academic Integrity Service (Nov 2010)


June Balshaw and Malin Lundin (eds) Memories of War: New narratives and Untold Stories (Oct 2010)

Memories of War: New Narratives and Untold Stories Conference Organiser, University of Greenwich (October 2010)

Invited contributor, Enabling Effective Transition in History:Developing Guidance for Schools and HE (July 2010)

Dr June Balshaw and Kate Martin (University of Greenwich),

'We'll meet again': Female Reunions, the Women's Land Army and the Second World War, Other Narratives seminar series (May 2010)

Invited Speaker. 'Module Design for Historians Workshop' (Departmental Administration) May 2010

Dr June Balshaw (University of Greenwich) and Pauline Rush (Greenwich graduate)

Family History, Archives and War: Constructing Lives and Creating Stories, Other Narratives seminar series. (April 2010)

'Making an Exhibition of Yourself': Employability and History at the University of Greenwich (History Subject Centre Teaching and Learning Conference (April 2010)

We'll meet again: female reunions and the Second World War, Women, War and Remembrance Conference paper at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire (March 2010)

Convenor, Other Narratives seminar series, University of Greenwich Dec 2009- May 2010

Radio Four Tracing your Roots (April 2007) Discussion of bigamy during the First World War

Radio Four Women's Hour (April 2006) Discussion of men's support for Women's Suffrage "I do, I do", Bigamy during the First World War. (Greenwich 2005)

Balshaw, J. (2004) More than just a sporting couple: the letters of a militant marriage. In: Bland, C., and Cross, M. (eds.) The Age of Letter Writing, Gender and Politics 1750–2000. Ashgate.

Balshaw, J. (2002) Riding out turbulence. In: Baume, M., and Mantz (eds.) Managing Educational Development Projects. Kogan Page, October 2002.

Balshaw, J. (1997) Sharing the burden: the Pethick Lawrences and women's suffrage. In: John, A.V., and Eustance, C. (eds.) The Mens Share? Masculinities, male Support and Women's Suffrage in Britain, 1890–1920. Routledge, April 1997.

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