Film – Killer in the Village

This term’s film series, which looks at sex and its historical representation, ends with a film exploring the emergence of AIDS as an epidemic. Produced as part of the BBC’s long-running documentary series Horizon, the 1983 film ‘The Killer in the Village’ was one of the first documentaries to examine AIDS. Hannah J. Elizabeth (London School of […]

Seminar – Itching to Serve: Entomology, Infection, and the Experimental Citizen in Wartime Britain, 1939-1945

Dave Saunders (Queen Mary, University of London) During the Second World War, British medical researchers warned of an imminent invasion of the national body by an army of lice, mites, and other unwanted parasites. With the pandemics of the Great War still fresh in the minds of many public health officials, some predicted that vector-borne […]

Seminar – Relief and Regret: Fifty Years of Women’s Voices in British Abortion Activism

Clare Parker (University of Kent) The five decades since the passage of the Abortion Act in 1967 have been marked by continuous debates about abortion laws and service provision. Nearly fifty attempts have been made in parliament to amend the Act, almost all to restrict it in some way. Outside parliament, activists have fought for […]

Seminar – The Political, the Emotional and the Therapeutic: The Women’s Movement and Mental Health Activism in England, c. 1969-1995

Kate Mahoney (University of Essex) Historians tracing the influence of feminist ideas on mental health in late twentieth-century Britain have focused on Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) critiques of psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, as popularised by Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch. This paper, however, explores how and why some women’s […]

Seminar Postponed – The emotional politics of family planning campaigns in 1970s and 1980s Britain

Due industrial action this seminar is postponed Katie Jones (University of Birmingham) In 1984, the Family Planning Association of Great Britain (FPA) launched its year-long ‘Men Too’ campaign to encourage greater male involvement in family planning and personal relationships that represented a wider shift towards promoting ‘male responsibility’ for contraception in the 1980s. In this […]

Conference – Call for Papers: Publics and their Health: Historical Perspectives, Future Directions

28-29 June 2018 Institute of Historical Research, London Call for Papers Who or what is the public within public health?  How have publics and their health changed over time and place?  What makes ‘public health’, public?  Surprisingly little attention has been devoted to these crucial questions.  At this conference, we aim to explore the changing […]

Public Health History Walk: ‘The Bloomsbury and Soho Walk’

This evening tour will take us from the area around the School to the intriguing streets of Soho, including public health links and the extraordinary story of Dr John Snow and the cholera outbreak of 1854.  The walk will take about 1.5 hours and end at the John Snow pub. Wednesday, 1st November 2017, 5.15 […]