Seminar – Raising awareness about Hepatitis B and its vaccine

Lara Marks (UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies) According to the World Health Organisation more than 3.5% of the world’s population are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the tenth leading cause of death globally. Few people, however, realise the HBV is 50-100 times more infectious than HIV and just how easily […]

Film – Rhymes and reasons: how eight people learnt about sex (1981)

How did people learn about sex before the internet? Our film series continues with a film produced by the Family Planning Association (FPA) which interviewed eight people of different ages and backgrounds about how they gained their sexual knowledge. Dr Ben Mechen (University College London) will discuss the film, drawing on the book he is currently writing, Responsible Pleasures: Sex in Britain after the […]

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

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 paper I argue that ‘Men Too’ formed […]

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 […]

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 […]