Dr Derwin Gregory

Programme Leader, Archaeology and Heritage


Dr Derwin Gregory specialises in post-medieval landscapes and modern conflict archaeology. He has undertaken research projects on the archaeology of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF).

Following excavations at a Second World War airfield, during which he uncovered evidence of personal acts of memorialisation, he has become particularly interested in the link between material culture and wellbeing within the armed forces.

Related courses:

Related Courses

  • Field Archaeology: People, Place and Practice
  • Archaeological Field School
  • Conflict Archaeology in Global Context
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study Project

Dr Derwin Gregory is currently running a project exploring the heritage and archaeology of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in East Anglia during the Second World War.

Derwin is also exploring the link between wellbeing and material culture in the armed forces.


2022, 'The Global Infrastructure of the Special Operations Executive' https://www.routledge.com/The-Global-Infrastructure-of-the-Special-Operations-Executive/Gregory/p/book/9781138749900

Journal Articles

2020, [co-authored with Carola Wayne], ‘“I do feel good because my stomach is full of good hotcakes”: Comfort food, home, and the USAAF in East Anglia during the Second World War’, History, Vol. 105 no. 368, pp. 806-824. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.13081

2020, ‘A “Baby GDA”: Norwich’s Airspace during the Second World War’, Landscapes, Vol. 19 no. 2, pp. 150-168. https://doi.org/10.1080/14662035.2020.1740542

2019, ‘Vernacular memorialisation in the military: Personal acts of remembrance at RAF Thorpe Abbotts, England’, Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Vol. 14 no. 2-3, pp. 83-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/15740773.2020.1726124

2017, [co-authored with Tom Licence], ‘Historic global commodity networks: The research potential of rubbish dumps for the study of rural household market access during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’, Rural History, Vol. 28 no. 2, pp. 161-175. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956793317000127

2016, ‘Communicating with the European Resistance: An assessment of the Special Operations Executive’s wireless facilities in the UK during the Second World War’, Post Medieval Archaeology, Vol. 50 no. 2, pp. 289-304. https://doi.org/10.1080/00794236.2016.1200325


2012, [co-authored with Mark Edgeworth], ‘Sundon Park, Lower Sundon, Bedfordshire: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment’, English Heritage RDRS 54/2012.

2011, [co-authored with Wayne Cocroft], ‘Barnham, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk: RAF Barnham, Special Storage Site. Documentary Analysis of Sources in TNA’, English Heritage RDRS 48/2011.

2010, ‘RAF Stanbridge: A Desk Based Assessment’, English Heritage RDRS 45/2011.

2010, [co-authored with Sarah Newsome], ‘Cooling Radio Station: An Archaeological Investigation of a Short-Wave Receiving Station’, English Heritage RDRS 110/2010.

  • Assistant Editor, journal of Post-Medieval Archaeology.
  • Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

  • 2020 University of East Anglia, finalist for Outstanding Social or Cultural Impact, Innovation and Impact Award.
  • 2018 University of East Anglia, winner Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Accelerator Account, Innovation and Impact Award.
  • 2018 University of East Anglia, Project Engagement Award.
  • 2016 University of East Anglia, Project Engagement Award.

  • Social media accounts on ‘What the Americans Left Behind in East Anglia’ @OpWALBEA.
  • Public lectures to archaeological groups on modern conflict archaeology.
  • 2018, ran an archaeological excavation of RAF Thorpe Abbotts.
  • 2018, ‘The Archaeology of the Friendly Invasion’, The Friendly Invasion Magazine.
  • 2017, ran an archaeological excavation of RAF Thorpe Abbotts.
  • 2017, ‘What the Americans Left Behind’, The American, May-June 2017, pp. 32-33.
  • 2011, ‘Cooling Radio Station, Kent: Research into 20th-century Transatlantic Communications’, English Heritage Research News No.16.
  • 2011, [co-authored with Rob Skinner], ‘Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major: field survey on an EPPIC scale’, English Heritage Research News 16.