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Dr Gilly Carr BSc, MPhil, PhD, FRHistS

Dr Gilly  Carr, BSc, MPhil, PhD, FRHistS

Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre

Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology, Institute of Continuing Education

Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology, St Catharine's College

Member of UK delegation, IHRA

Madingley Hall

Cambridge CB23 8AQ


Dr Gilly Carr is a Fellow of St Catharine's College, a Member of the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the Institute of Continuing Education. She also a member of the 12-strong UK delegation of IHRA, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Gilly Carr works in the field of Conflict Archaeology and Heritage Studies and is currently chairing a five-year international heritage project for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance on Holocaust and Roma genocide sites at risk. The project aims to write heritage legislation to safeguard all such sites in Europe.

She has recently finished a digital heritage web-based project on Channel Islander victims of Nazi persecution, The Frank Falla Archive ( This has been produced in collaboration with Freie Universitat Berlin, funded by the German EVZ foundation, and has put online the profiles of 125 concentration camp and Nazi prisons and the biographies of the c. 220+ islanders who were deported to these institutions. As a spin-off from this project, a teaching pack has been prepared for the Holocaust Educational Trust. Her museum exhibition associated with this project, 'On British Soil: Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands', was on at the Wiener Library for the study of Holocaust and Genocide from October 2017 to March 2018 and is on at Guernsey Museum from March 2019. Her book of the same title, published by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, accompanies the exhibition. In 2016, Gilly was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Impact for her activism in this area.

The digital heritage project above complements Gilly Carr's latest monograph, entitled 'Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands: A legitimate heritage?' (Bloomsbury Academic 2019). This volume draws upon testimonies written by former political prisoners for compensation in the mid-1960s and explores why resistance was long neglected as a legitimate theme for heritage in the Channel Islands. It also explores aspects of heritage and memory over the last 70 years as well as analysing her own heritage activism in this area. 

Research Interests

  • The materiality of war; narratives of war given by material culture.
  • The heritage of war and its legacies
  • Conflict Archaeology
  • POW Archaeology
  • Holocaust Archaeology and Heritage
  • Holocaust Studies
  • WWII landscapes of the German occupation.

Research Supervision

I currently supervise students who are interested in conflict archaeology, post-conflict heritage and dark heritage, as well as WWII history relating to the Channel Islands. I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or PhD (or undergraduate dissertation) in the following topics:

* Dark heritage, Holocaust heritage, post-conflict heritage, conflict archaeology

* Topics related to WWII archaeology and heritage, especially but not exclusively in Europe, and especially relating to countries which were occupied during this period.

* The materiality of war.

* Topics related to internment. While I am particularly interested in supervising students who are interested in military POWs or civilian internees, I would also welcome students interested in the archaeology and heritage of other forms of incarceration, such as prisons or labour or concentration camps.

Archaeological, heritage or historical dissertations on any aspect of the German occupation of the Channel Islands.

Current Students

Margaret Comer

Raphael Henkes

Alexandra Mckeever

Past Students

Susan Shay

Alexa Laherty

Pierre Lee

Amy Dolben

Simon Weppel

Hyun Kyung Lee

Leanne Philpot

Sofia Carreira Wham

Alice Rose

Cydney Stasiulis

Greta van Lith

Alison Smith

Alice Moore (History Faculty)

Olivia Rogers (History Faculty)


For 2018/19 I will be teaching courses on the following topics at ICE:

Conflict Archaeology

Conflict Archaeology II: Dark Heritage

Introduction to Archaeology

Prehistoric Britain

Advanced Diploma

The Holocaust, Nazi Persecution at the Channel Islands

I will also be teaching paper G33 (Dark Heritage) for the MPhil in Heritage and Museums in the department of Archaeology


I am regularly involved in teaching the following courses at ICE:

Introduction to Archaeology

Themes in Iron Age Archaeology

Prehistoric Peoples

Conflict Archaeology

Legacies of War

The Archaeology of 20th-century European conflict

Key Publications

BOOKS (authored)

Carr, G. (2019) Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands: A legitimate heritage? (Bloomsbury Academic)

Carr, G. (2017) On British Soil: Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands (McDonald Institute)

Carr, G., Willmot, L. and Sanders, P. (2014). Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the German Occupied Channel Islands, 1940-1945. (Bloomsbury Academic)

Carr, G. (2014). The Legacy of Occupation: Archaeology, Heritage and Memory in the Channel Islands. (Springer International).

Carr, G. (2009). Occupied Behind Barbed Wire. Jersey: Jersey Heritage Trust.

Carr, G. (2006). Creolised Bodies and Hybrid Identities: Examining the Later Iron Age and Early Roman Periods of Essex and Hertfordshire. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports British Series 418.


BOOKS (edited) and special issues

Carr, G., Theune, C. and Jasinski, M. (2018) The Material Culture of Nazi Camps. International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

Carr, G. and Reeves, K. (ed.) (2015). Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands. Routledge: New York.

Carr, G. and Mytum, H. (eds) (2012). Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire. New York: Routledge.

Mytum, H. and Carr, G. (eds) (2012). Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory and Heritage of 19th- and 20th- Century Mass Internment. New York: Springer.

Carr, G., Swift, E. and Weekes, J. (eds) (2003). TRAC 2002: Proceedings of the Twelfth Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Kent 2002. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Carr, G. and Stoddart, S. (eds) (2002). Celts in Antiquity. Cambridge: Antiquity Publications Ltd.

Baker, P. and Carr, G. (eds) (2002). New Approaches to Medical Archaeology and Medical Anthropology: Practitioners, Practices and Patients. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


Selected BOOK CHAPTERS and JOURNAL ARTICLES of the last decade

Carr, G. (2017). The Material Culture of Nazi Camps: An editorial. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. DOI 10.1007/s10761-017-0444-z.

Carr, G. (2017). The Small Things of Life and Death: an exploration of value and meaning in the material culture of Nazi camps. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. DOI 10.1007/s10761-017-0435-0

Carr, G. (2017). Nazi camps on British soil: The excavation of Lager Wick forced labour camp in Jersey, Channel Islands. Journal of Conflict Archaeology. DOI 10.1080/15740773.2017.1334333

Carr, G. (2017). ‘The uninvited guests who outstayed their welcome: the ghosts of war in the Channel Islands’ pp. 272-288 in N. Saunders and P. Cornish (eds), Modern Conflict and the Senses. Abingdon: Routledge.

Carr, G. (2016) ‘A culturally constructed darkness: dark legacies and dark heritage in the Channel Islands’ in G. Hooper and J. LennonDark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation. Routledge.

Carr, G. and Sturdy Colls, C. (2016). Taboo and Sensitive Heritage: Labour camps, burials and the role of activism in the Channel Islands, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22 (9). DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1191524

Carr, G. (2016). ‘Illicit Antiquities’? The Collection of Nazi militaria in the Channel Islands. World Archaeology 48(1). DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1152196

Carr, G. (2015). The hidden heritage of forced and slave labour: examining the commitment to remembering in the Channel Islands. Skrifter [Transactions] 4, The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. Special issue: Painful Heritage: Studies in the Cultural Landscape of the Second World War, edited by M. Jasinski and L. Sem.

Carr, G. (2015). ‘Have you been offended? Holocaust memory in the Channel Islands at HMD 70. Holocaust Studies: a Journal of Culture and History. 22(1): 44-64. DOI: 10.1080/17504902.2015.1103026

Carr, G. and Reeves, G. (2015) Islands of War, Islands of Memory: An introduction, in G. Carr and K. Reeves (eds), Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands. Routledge.

Carr, G. (2015) Islands of War, Guardians of Memory: the afterlife of the German Occupation in the British Channel Islands, in G. Carr and K. Reeves (eds), Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands. Routledge.

Carr, G. (submitted b). Landscapes of longing: the material culture of Channel Islander internee camps of WWII, in N. Saunders and P. Cornish (eds) Conflict Landscapes: Materiality and Meaning in Contested Places, 1900-2007.  London: Routledge.

Carr, G. (submitted c). Resistance material culture in occupied landscapes: the Channel Islands in World War II, in T. Clack (ed.) Material Hybridity: Archaeologies of Contact. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Carr, G. (submitted d). ‘In the eye of the beholder? Terrorscapes in small places’ in R. van der Laarse and G. Verbeck (eds), Terrorscapes: Memories of Mass Violence in Contemporary Europe. Palgrave McMillan.

Carr, G. and Jasinski, M.E. (2013). ‘Sites of Memory, Sites of Oblivion: The archaeology of twentieth century conflict In Europe’, pp. 36-55 in M. Bassanelli and G. Postglione (eds.), Re-enacting the Past: Museography for Conflict Archaeology. Siracusa: LetteraVentidue.

Carr, G. (2013). Resistance, the body and the V-sign campaign in Channel Islander WWII German internment camps, pp. 117-131 in J. Symonds, A. Badcock and J. Oliver (eds), Historical Archaeologies of Cognition. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Carr, G. and Mytum, H. (eds) (2012). Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire. New York: Routledge.

Mytum, H. and Carr, G. (eds) (2012). Prisoners of War: Archaeology, Memory and Heritage of 19th- and 20th- Century Mass Internment. New York: Springer.

Carr, G. (2012). Of coins, crests and kings: symbols of identity and resistance in the occupied Channel Islands. The Journal of Material Culture, 17 (4): 327-344.

Carr, G. (2012). Examining the memorialscape of occupation and liberation: a case study from the Channel Islands, International Journal of Heritage Studies 18(2): 174-193.

Carr, G. (2012). Occupation heritage, commemoration and memory in Guernsey and Jersey, History and Memory 24 (1), 87-117.

Carr, G. (2012). Dark tourism, bunkers and memorials? A case study from the Channel Islands, pp. 173-184 in G. Postiglione and M. Bassanelli (eds), Military Archaeological Landscapes: The Atlantik Wall as Case Study. Siracusa: LetteraVentidue.

Carr, G. (2011). Engraving and embroidering emotions upon the material culture of internment, pp. 129-146 in A. Myers and G. Moshenska (eds.) Archaeologies of Internment. New York: Springer.

Carr, G. (2010). The archaeology of occupation and the V-sign campaign in the Channel Islands during WWII, International Journal of Historical Archaeology 14 (4): 575-592.

Carr, G. (2010). The slowly healing scars of Occupation, Journal of War and Culture Studies 3 (2): 249-265.

 Carr, G. (2010). Shining a light on dark tourism: German bunkers in the British Channel Islands, Public Archaeology 9(2): 65-86.

Carr, G. (2010). The archaeology of occupation: a case study from the Channel Islands, Antiquity 84 (323): 161-174.

Carr, G. (2009). Landscapes of occupation: a case study from the Channel Islands, pp. 35-43 in N. Forbes, R. Page, and G. Perez (eds.) The Heritage of Europe’s Deadly Century: Perspectives on 20th Century Conflict Heritage presented in the seminars of the Culture 2000 Landscapes of War Project. Swindon: English Heritage Publications. 

Carr, G. (2009). Occupied Behind Barbed Wire. Jersey: Jersey Heritage Trust. (Museum catalogue; 14K words, 61 pages).

Carr. G. (2009). Archaeology that Matters, British Archaeology 104, Jan/Feb 2009: 18-22.

Carr, G. (2008). The politics of forgetting on the island of Alderney, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 22 (2): 89-112.