Dr George Hay

  • Position: Principal Records Specialist
  • Specialism: Defence policy, Military history
  • george.hay@nationalarchives.gov.uk

George Hay works in the Defence, Maritime and Environment team, specialising in the records of the British armed forces and British defence policy.

He holds a PhD from the University of Kent with a thesis focusing on the social history of the Yeomanry Cavalry, a subject that has also provided the bases of a number of publications.

His primary research interests include the composition, organisation and function of the army from the eighteenth through to the twentieth century, particularly the contribution of the Board of Ordnance and amateur military movements to Britain’s defence commitments. Beyond this, his study of the Yeomanry crosses into the disciplines of policing and rural history in the context of military involvement in the maintenance of law and order, all of which remain active interests.

He is more broadly concerned with all research relating to the modern military collections held by The National Archives.

Alongside traditional approaches to archival research, he is interested in the extraction, manipulation and analysis of data from historical collections – both for the purposes of big data exercises as well as more novel uses.

George is on the council of the Army Records Society.

Research students

Sarah Dixon Smith, ‘Blast injury pain: treatment and outcomes, a very long term cohort study’, supervised by Professor Andrew Rice and Dr Emily Mayhew (Imperial College London) and Dr George Hay (The National Archives). Funded by the Royal British Legion, 2018–