Conferences and Workshops


  • 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 historians and policy makers to ask what we can learn from 20th century British history about the decentralisation of health powers and the local reform agenda. Greater devolution has been common ground in public policy in recent years, both across the four nations of the UK, and subsequently to regions and local authorities – with devo-Manc and STPs at the forefront of peoples’ minds. Yet there is a much longer history of debate and dillemmas in the British health system about striking the proper balance between the central and the local, that goes right back to before the NHS. Our aim is to explore that history, and see what light it may shed on today’s policy puzzles.

    For full details of speakers, themes and registration, please see:

  • Health Humanities at LSHTM

    The Centre for History in Public Health would like to invite all researchers across the School to become involved in a new initiative: health humanities.

    We are organizing a one-day event later this year to discuss health humanities at the School and to make targeted contact with individuals and teams working in the health humanities and cognisant areas.

    The event will provide an opportunity to discuss current research, future plans (including funding bids) areas of research cross over, methodologies, and public and policy engagement.  We expect that the event will help foster links between researchers, helping to identify potential future collaborations, providing a building block towards developing health humanities research and teaching across the School.

    What is health humanities? This is a broad area but typically might include: art/science cross overs; film and literature; narrative, interviewing and observational methodologies; cultural studies; disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology and geography.  You do not have to work primarily in these areas to be involved; we are simply looking to bring people together who are interested in what a humanities perspective might add to their research, public engagement and/or teaching. If you are interested in participating, please make contact with Alex Mold ( or Virginia Berridge ( by 28 February 2017.

    This initial event is funded by the School’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund.