Engravings on sandtone at the North Head Quarantine site, Sydney
Hannah Mawdsley

Hannah Mawdsley began her AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentship,‘Politics of Commemoration and the ‘Forgotten’ Pandemic’, in September 2015. Co-supervised by both a curator at Imperial War Museums and two academics at Queen Mary, University of London, Hannah is examining the evolving memory of the 1918-19 ‘Spanish’ influenza pandemic, and using that calamitous event as a case study to interrogate the politics of commemoration. Hannah’s key source is a collection gathered by British historian and journalist Richard Collier for his 1974 book The Plague of the Spanish Lady: The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which he deposited at IWM after the book’s publication.