Conner Scott


School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Research student & Teaching assistant


Thesis title: 'Propaganda for things as they are'? British newsreels in everyday life between c.1920-c.1939.




Thesis abstract:

Existing scholarship dismisses newsreels as trivial status-quo propaganda in interwar Britain. Yet their place in daily life and reception by audiences has been assumed rather than researched.

Using a history of everyday life approach, my research seeks to recover the actual quotidian experience of newsreels and analyse the ways they helped forge cinemagoers' worldviews. This project pays particular attention to how newsreels projected social change. It uses a new array of sources, foremost recently digitised newsreels, to explore newsreels' role in constituting daily interwar British life.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2020 - present
  • MA Modern History, University of York, 2020
  • BA (Hons) Modern History, University of St Andrews, 2019
  • PhD Scholarship: AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities
  • Medal (Modern History Second Level), University of St Andrews, 2017
Teaching interests
  • Media history 
  • Gender history
  • The history of everyday life
  • Twentieth-century British history
Teaching activities

University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant 2020-21 academic year: 

  • HST117 The Making of the Twentieth Century