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Dr Gilly Carr


Subject: Archaeology (new Tripos)

Conflict Archaeology; Post-Conflict Heritage Studies; Holocaust Studies; POW Archaeology
Director of Studies in Archaeology
University Teaching Officer/Senior Lecturer in Archaeology; Academic Director in Archaeology

Dr Gilly Carr is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology. She is also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology at St Catharine's College. She is also a members of the UK delegation of IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance).
Gilly has over 65 publications, including 13 edited and authored volumes. Her research spans the fields of archaeology, heritage studies, Holocaust Studies and history, where her particular interest is in the Second World War in Europe. Her fieldwork currently focuses on the Channel Islands, where the German occupation has provided the subject of her most recent three books. Her latest monograph, Victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage? was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019. Gilly has a particular research interest in wartime incarceration, internment and imprisonment. Previous volumes include 'Legacies of Occupation: Heritage, memory and archaeology' (Springer 2014), 'Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands: German Occupation 1940-1945'. Gilly is also active in various related heritage projects in the Channel Islands. Her most recent exhibition, 'On British Soil: Victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands' was shown at the Wiener Library in London in 2018 and in Guernsey in 2019.
Gilly has also written a website,, which details the stories of all Channel Islanders deported to Nazi prisons and camps.

Currently, Gilly is chairing a 5-year international IHRA project entitled 'Sites at Risk'. It seeks to build heritage guidelines for incorporation into national legislation of all 32 IHRA member countries to safeguard Holocaust and Roma genocide sites. The project will last from 2019-2024.

  • Carr, G. (2019). Victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands: A legitimate Heritage? (Bloomsbury Academic)
  • Carr, G. and Reeves, K. (ed.) (2015). Heritage and Memory of War: Responses from small islands. Routledge: New York.
  • 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). Legacies of Occupation: Archaeology, Heritage and Memory in the Channel Islands. (Springer). Nominated for James Deetz book prize.
  • 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. (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. (Paper issue 22.3, Sept. 2018).
  • 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 (Published in print 2016 in vol 11 (2-3): 135-157.
  • 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): 702-715. DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1191524
  • Carr, G. (2016). ‘Illicit Antiquities’? The Collection of Nazi militaria in the Channel Islands. World Archaeology 48(2): 254-266. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1152196
Vice Chancellor's Impact Award 2016