Sarah-Jane Walton is an urban historian, focusing on the history of Cape Town during the First World War. Her research brings together the interweaving threads of identity formation and the material environment in the context of the early twentieth century South African city. Central to these is the transnational movement of ideas and people, and constructions of  'South Africanism' and 'Britishness' in relation to Empire, gender, class, race and war.

Sarah-Jane is currently working on her first monograph, which seeks to relate Cape Town's war experience in relation to other Dominion and Colonial cities of the British Empire, in order to expand our understanding of the First World War as a global phenomenon, and one which impacted the shaping of the urban environment. She completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2020, and has taught courses on Film and History at an undergraduate level, as well as History and Documentary Film for postgraduates. 


Walton, Sarah-Jane 'Motherhood, Morality and Materiality: How Material Changes to Wartime Cape Town Affected Discourses around Women, Racial Health and the City, 1914–1919,'  Urban History (2020), 1–17. 

Walton, Sarah-Jane ‘Historian as Filmmaker: Reflections on the Making of the Film Documentary Those Dying Days,’ South African Historical Journal, 68: 4 (2016), 623-640.


Doctoral Package Programme, University of Cape Town, 2015 - 2017

Doctoral Innovation Scholarship, National Research Foundation, 2015 - 2017

Recipient of Skye Foundation Scholarship for study in the UK, 2013 - 2014

Masters Scholarship, National Research Foundation, 2013 - 2014

De Villiers Smuts Scholarship, 2013

Diocesan College UCT 150 Years Memorial Book Prize, 2012

Charles Struben Scholarship, Historical Studies, 2012

AW Melon Scholarship, 2012

Michael Hiddingh Scholarship, 2011

Lodge de Goede Hoop-Lewis Scholarship, 2009 - 2011

Mandelbrote Book Prize: Best overall first year student in Historical Studies, 2009

Dean's List, UCT, 2009-2011



We use cookies to make interactions with our websites and services easy and meaningful, to better understand how they are used and to tailor advertising. You can read more and make your cookie choices here. By continuing to use this site you are giving us your consent to do this.