Phylomena says that she grew up watching the television series The World At War and various  war related films on Sunday afternoons, in 1978 she watched the television series Testament of Youth –Phylomena says she still has the paperback that she purchased for £1.95. That was the start of her interest in the Great War and women's many contributions and experiences of that conflict and its aftermath.

Since 1992 she has been a frequent speaker for The Western Front Association, having spoken at 26 branches, 2014-18 Phylomena was a Coordinator for the WFA Open Public Lecture Series at the University of Wolverhampton and was delighted to be appointed the WFA Universities Officer in 2017 and honoured to become a Trustee the following year.

Phylomena was  awarded her PhD from Kingston University in 2005, The Political Thought of Vera Brittain. Phylomena has since published and spoken at many academic conferences over the years on her subject area of women and war in both World Wars but Phylomena says her key interest remains The Great War - moral Be Careful what you watch & read