An Italian Woman inspects the kilts of a Pipe Major in Rome.
© IWM (NA 16084)

Fabio Simonetti began an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled British military encounters with Italian civilians, 1943-1946’ in October 2017. A partnership between IWM and the University of Reading, his project seeks to examine the encounters that took place between British soldiers and Italian civilians, mining this rich seam of social history for new understandings of encounter in time of war. The project offers the opportunity both for detailed historical research and also to engage with the theory and practice of oral history in Italy, where Fabio has been travelling regularly to visit relevant archives and conduct oral history interviews.