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

Fabio Simonetti completed an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled British military encounters with Italian civilians, 1943-1946’ in 2022. A partnership between IWM and the University of Reading, his project sought 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 offered the opportunity both for detailed historical research and also to engage with the theory and practice of oral history in Italy, where Fabio travelled to regularly to visit relevant archives and conduct oral history interviews.