Promoting and undertaking high quality research in order to contribute to the development of the historical discipline and to historical understanding in the field of public health policy.

Welcome to the Centre for History in Public Health

The Centre for History in Public Health (CHiPH) was established in 2003, with its origins in the AIDS Social History Programme at LSHTM in the late 1980s. Its location within a multidisciplinary public health institution is unique and keeps it firmly in the forefront of historical research into public health and health services. Historical understanding is of central relevance to an understanding of public health in the present. Current developments cannot be understood without a knowledge of the past. The Centre reaches across the School in all its activities and many are conducted jointly with other Centres in the School.

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Our research spans both public health and health services and their twentieth and twenty first century history. Other research focuses on substance use and on historical demography.

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Concepts of Addictive Substances and Behaviours across Time and Place; new book published from ALICE RAP European initiative on addiction and lifestyle

This book, published in February 2016, is the fourth in a series of six books arising out of ALICE RAP (Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe-Reframing Addictions Project). It drew on work generated as part of Area 1 of the large scale European research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Division of the seventh framework programme (FP7).

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Featured Podcast: Dirty secrets, dirty laundry: The functions of secrecy in discourses of Victorian women’s drinking

Jennifer Wallis (St Anne’s College, University of Oxford)
In the late nineteenth-century British press, the ‘lady secret drinker’ was an enigmatic, if disturbing, figure. Fashionable but foolish, she was used to illustrate the risks of broadening access to alcohol via changing licensing laws, as well as woman’s supposedly inherent ‘deceptive’ potential.

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