Oliver Moxham is an historian and heritage researcher with a focus on Japanese war heritage. He is currently doing a part-time MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of East Anglia while working as a Project Support Officer at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Researching at Ryozen Kannon, Kyoto, Japan (July 2018)

Oliver’s current research is focussed on transnational narratives of war and empire through heritage sites. His research so far has focussed on heritage sites in Japan relating to the Japanese empire and military incursions in East Asia, especially those in the heritage-rich tourist hub of Kyoto. A key interest lies in the relationship between language and access at heritage sites, exploring the possibility of heritage policy denying access to information for certain nationalities through translation practice.

Photo-documentation of War Heritage in Kyoto, Japan

Memorial to Kamikaze pilots at the entrance of Ryozen Gokoku Shrine, Higashiyama, Kyoto
Memorial to victims of the Higashiyama Air Raid, Higashiyama, Kyoto
Stained glass memorial to the ‘Unknown Soldier’ at Ryozen Kannon, Higashiyama, Kyoto

Beyond Japan Podcast

Beyond Japan Homepage

Check out Beyond Japan, an interdisciplinary podcast hosted by Oliver which explores the diversity of Japanese Studies.


Life After Sheffield: Postgrad & Podcasts

Oliver was invited to write an article for his alma mater, the University of Sheffield, on life following his graduation in 2019 and to share the mentality behind Beyond Japan.