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 Maria Creech

Maria Creech

Research student,


I am a PhD candidate at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture as part of an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with Imperial War Museums. My research explores diverse and decolonial readings of conflict photography, focusing on the ways in which accompanying text can influence how photographs are interpreted and understood. 

Prior to my PhD, I completed a BA in Art History at Cambridge University and an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I also conducted photographic research as part of the curatorial team at the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam. 


Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Museums & Heritage

  • Memory Studies

  • Visual & Material Culture

  • 'Difficult Histories' & Their Legacies

In my current research, I draw from a range of photographic material across different spheres of international relations, exploring narratives around military invasion, revolt and revolution during the post-1945 decolonisation period. Using the IWM collection, my work will critically examine the textual framing of photographs taken within the context of the decolonisation wars and seek out counter-narratives, perspectives and experiences that might enable more nuanced readings of this material.

Previous research has focused on the memory and representation of victims of the Third Reich. My research is informed by my own experience and cultural background as someone of dual (English & Polish) heritage.  


Invasion, revolution and revolt: an exploration of how accompanying textual information can influence the reading and understanding of conflict photography

Funding source



Tom Allbeson

Dr Tom Allbeson

Lecturer in Cultural History


Professor Claire Gorrara

Dean for Research and Innovation for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of French Studies