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A Theatrical Examination of Madness, Prisons and Solitary Confinement

‘Disorder Contained’ is a theatrical production for the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Prisoners, Medical Care, and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’, based at Warwick, UCD, and LSHTM: https://histprisonhealth.com On tour now, it draws on the work of Assistant Professor Catherine Cox and Professor Hilary Marland, and explores the history and impact of […]

New MOOC – A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/public-health-history #FLHistoryHealth A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the history of public health in post-war Britain will start on the 26th of June 2017. The course […]

King’s Fund Digitises Publications

You may be interested to learn that the King’s Fund is in the process of digitising their publications from the early twentieth century onwards.  This is a fantastic resource for historians of medicine and is available at: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/library/digital-archive

Information on a new tool for researchers using the MOH annual reports for London (London’s Pulse)

What is Diagnosis London?  London’s Pulse is a digital archive of the annual reports of the Medical Officers of Health for London.  They contain information on a wide range of topics related to health and welfare between 1848 and 1972.  The availability of these sources in digital format is a great opportunity for research.  However, […]

Talks at Google: Virginia Berridge: Public Health: A Very Short Introduction

Virginia Berridge’s presentation for ‘Talks at Google’ on her new book Public Health: A Very Short Introduction is now available to watch as a YouTube video.

One-Day Symposium announcement: Devolution and Transformation in the NHS: What Can We Learn From History?

Devolution and Transformation in the NHS: What Can We Learn From History? 9th May 2017: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, London WC1E 7HT Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM, and the Institute of Public Policy Research, with support from the Wellcome Trust This symposium will bring together […]

History in the Making: Sir Ronald Ross’s slides under the microscope

For the first time, Ross’s original malarial research slides made in the 1890s have been put under the microscope, with extraordinary results. Drop by, see images of our unique investigations, chat to experts, and see other gems from the Ross Archive collection 12.00 – 2.00pm on Wednesday 23rd November, Manson Foyer @lshtmarchives Part of Explore […]

Centre for History in Public Health Newsletter

Our Newsletter Issue 20 October 2016 is now available to view on-line: http://history.lshtm.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2013/06/Newsletter-Issue-20.pdf

Book Launch: Virginia Berridge, Public Health: A Very Short Introduction

On Tuesday, 27th September the Centre for History in Public Health held a book launch in the Manson Space at the School’s Keppel Street building to celebrate the publication of  Professor Virginia Berridge’s new book: Virginia Berridge, Public Health: A Very Short Introduction,Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016. Peter Piot, the Director of the LSHTM and a Professor of […]

Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut – Centenary Event

August 11th 2016 marks the centenary of the opening of the Shakespeare Hut. The Hut was unique in memorialising an historical figure and in staging scenes, songs and lectures on Shakespeare often performed by leading actors from the West End. As part of Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut, The Mustard Club has created a dramatic re-enactment […]

New Book by Virginia Berridge: Public Health: A Very Short Introduction

Virginia Berridge, Public Health: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016. Available from the 28th of July 2016: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9780199688463 From Ancient Roman baths fed by municipal aqueducts, to the creeping spread of leprosy and the relentless march of the Black Death across medieval Europe, to the epidemics of obesity today, public health has […]

Anne Hardy Awarded the Pickstone Prize

Congratulations to Honorary Professor Anne Hardy from the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM who has just won the Pickstone Prize for her book on the history of salmonella in Britain, Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975 This prize is given out by the British Society for the History of […]

Symposium: London Health Histories

Interested academics, researchers and students are invited to attend a day symposium covering aspects of the history of health in London. Registration is free but please e-mail Jane Seymour to reserve your place. Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with the Wellcome Library. […]

Wellcome Trust Masters Award (History of Medicine) – now closed.

The Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) invites applications for nomination for the annual Master’s award in the History of Medicine. The MSc award is open to a student accepted for the MSc Public Health, MSc Public Health for Development, MSc Nutrition for Global Health […]

New article by Chris Sirrs on British health and safety regulation

You can now read Chris Sirrs’  journal article,  ‘Accidents and Apathy: The Construction of the ‘Robens Philosophy’ of Occupational Safety and Health Regulation in Britain, 1961–1974’ in the Feb 2016 issue of Social History of Medicine: http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/1/66.full?etoc …

Chris Sirrs – Successful Viva!

On Friday, 22nd January 2016 Chris Sirrs our new Research Assistant successfully defended his thesis entitled “Health and Safety in the British Regulatory State: The HSC, The HSE and the Management of Occupational Risk, 1961 -2001″. Many congratulations to Chris!

Daisy Payling – Successful viva!

On Friday, 4th December 2015 Daisy Payling our new Research Fellow successfully defended her thesis entitled “Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire”: Activism in Sheffield in the 1970s and 1980s.  Many congratulations to her!

VACCINATION PROGRAMMES AND THE PUBLIC – PAST & PRESENT

A symposium on how the public have figured in British vaccination programmes, presented by the Vaccine Centre and Centre for History in Public Health. Presentations will include discussion of the current British vaccine programme, (Joanne Yarwood, Public Health England), the April 2013 implementation of health systems reforms (Tracey Chantler, LSHTM) and a look at the […]

New Research Fellow post – Now closed.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work with Professor Virginia Berridge on a project on sex, drugs and HIV/AIDS in prison since the 1980s as part of Professor Hilary Marland and Dr Catherine Cox’s Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Investigator Award on Prisoners Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland,1860 […]

Late Night Woman’s Hour: Intoxication

Listen to Virginia Berridge speaking on intoxication on Late Night Woman’s Hour: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06708zc

International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy

The latest issue of the Academy’s journal Contemporary Social Science is now available. This is a themed issue on the topic of ‘International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy’, guest edited by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, Professor Susanne MacGregor FAcSS and Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan. For publicity material including a summary of content, podcast […]

New PhD Studentship

The Wellcome Trust History of Medicine PhD Studentship: Health Systems in History is now open to application. For more information, please take a look at the web page on our Research funding table: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/funding/wellcome_trust_history_of_medicine_phd_studentship_m_gorsky.html The deadline for applications is 23 October 2015.

World Mosquito Day 2015: Binkie Meets the Tsar

Date: Thursday 20 August 2015 Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Venue: Library, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK August 20th is World Mosquito Day, commemorating that date in 1897 when Sir Ronald Ross confirmed the Anopheles mosquito as the vector that carries malaria. This year’s commemorations explore events in January 1912 when Sir […]

Vaccine Exhibition

Vaccination: past, present and future Hosted by the Centre for History in Public Health and the Vaccine Centre Date: Wednesday 10 June 2015 to Friday 25 September 2015 Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Venue: Reception and Manson Foyer, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK This exhibition explores the history of vaccination, some of […]

New post available – Research Assistant Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on a project examining the intellectual and policy history of the ‘health systems’ concept.  This project is a component of Dr Martin Gorsky’s Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Investigator Award ‘Health Systems in History: Ideas, comparisons, policies’, and the post-holder will work under Dr Gorsky’s direction.  […]

History Centre Newsletter

Catch up on our news! New History Centre newsletter available. http://history.lshtm.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/06/Newsletter-Vol-19.-June-2015.pdf

New Research Fellow position available

The Centre for History in Public Health are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on a project on the contemporary history of the public health survey as part of Dr Alex Mold’s Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities New Investigator Award on the Place of the Public in Public Health in Britain since 1948. You […]

Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries for archive researchers

New Wellcome Trust scheme for small and medium-scale research projects based on archive collections that have received previous Research Resources funding. Click on the following link for further information:  http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/library/2015/04/27/wellcome-trust-research-bursaries-for-archive-researchers/

Making British patients into consumers

New article by Alex Mold published in the Lancet. ‘Few aspects of the doctor–patient relationship in the UK are as contentious as the idea that patients are consumers. While politicians claim to champion patients’ choice, some health professionals complain that the patient-consumer, misinformed by Google or other Internet searches, demands the “wrong” things. Health policy […]

PhD Studentship

The Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine invites applications for a doctoral studentship. The studentship is funded by the Wellcome Trust, as part of Dr Alex Mold’s Medical Humanities New Investigator Award on the place of the public in post-war British public health. Funding is available […]

Book Launch – Anne Hardy: Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975.

We held a book launch in the Manson Space at the School’s Keppel Street building on the 29th  of January 2015 to celebrate the book’s publication. Ingrid supervised the refreshments and Peter Barklem from Oxford University Press set out the stall displaying the book.  Colleagues from the School and UCL, and friends from other universities […]

Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs (FEAD) interview with Virginia Berridge

Virginia Berridge was interviewed by Ian Wardle of Lifeline in Manchester for Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs (FEAD). The interview concentrated on her new book Demons. Please click on the link to listen. http://www.fead.org.uk/contributor.php?contributorid=66

Local and National Alcohol Policy Report December 2014.

The full report of the Local and National Alcohol Policy Seminar 2014  is now available. Please click here for the pdf. Click here for further policy engagement activities.   

The History Manifesto – Review by Virginia Berridge

Virginia Berridge’s review of Jo Guldi and David Armitage, The History Manifesto, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014 is now available. http://www.e-ir.info/2015/01/18/review-the-history-manifesto/

Mateusz Zatonski: New PhD Student

Tackling tobacco harm in Poland under Communist rule and in the post-Communist period My PhD research investigates the history of tobacco control in Central and Eastern Europe during the late Communist and early post-Communist period. The case study is Poland, a country which in the 1980s had one of the highest levels of tobacco consumption […]

Gareth Millward: New Member of Research Staff

I completed my PhD at the Centre, so perhaps I’m not such a new face after all. But I was recently appointed in a new capacity as research fellow on Alex Mold’s Placing the Public in Public Health project. In it, we are investigating how the concept of “the public” was framed over the post-war […]

New History Centre Newsletter Vol. 18

The new History Centre newsletter Vol. 18 is now available. Please click here

The Resource Allocation Working Party (RAWP) transcript

The Resource Allocation Working Party (RAWP) transcript is now available. Click here For further information on witness seminars click here. 

Improving health in wartime exhibition

Members of the Centre for History in Public Health are participating in the exhibition Improving Health in Wartime  held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. Join us for a series of events organised by the School’s Library and Archives Services to mark the 100th anniversary of the […]

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

On Tuesday, 8th July 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Centre hosted an afternoon workshop to discuss the historical development of health and safety in Britain over the last few decades. Bringing together a range of professions, including historians, epidemiologists and civil servants, the workshop […]

Jimmy Savile investigations

As part of the NHS and Department of Health investigations into matters relating to Jimmy Savile, historians gave historical evidence at a special forum at King’s College London.  For details of Centre members involvement in the forum see the following link: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/consultations/consultations/jimmy-savile-investigations Alex Mold’s work is cited in this report: http://savilereport.leedsth.nhs.uk/40482-LIBRA-main-accessible-v0.3.pdf

Communicating Health, Communicating Disease: Film Screening and Discussion

Blog Post about Communicating Health, Communicating Disease: Film Screening and Discussion Want to know more about our first event? Then check out this blog post on the LSHTM’s Chariot Site

New seminar series coming soon

Newsletter

The current Centre for History in Public Health Newsletter is now available.  

Promoting Healthy Living: Use, Harms and Hazards of Alcohol, Sugar and Fat

The Academy of Social Sciences International Advisory Group organised a series of seminars through 2013-14 on the theme of the Evidence-Policy relationship from an International Perspective. The aims included a) gathering insights from international innovations in the use of social science research evidence in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy and b) identifying the […]

Policy Pilots Report Now Available

The full report of the Policy Pilots and Evaluation Seminar 2013 is now available. Please click here for the Policy Pilots Report   Click here for further policy engagement activities.   

Virginia Berridge, Demons: Our attitudes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs

  Virginia Berridge, Demons: Our Attitudes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). Tabloid headlines attack the binge drinking of young women. Debates about the classification of cannabis continue, while major public health campaigns seek to reduce and ultimately eliminate smoking through health warnings and legislation. But the history of public health […]