One studentship is offered at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) for 2019-20 through the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research. This studentship is available for an excellent candidate interested in researching the problem of AMR in a cross-disciplinary manner (anthropology/history) and is open to applications […]
Witness Seminar transcript now available – Health Policy-making in an Era of Reform: New Zealand’s Health System in the 1980s
28 February 2018, University of Auckland, New Zealand View transcript (pdf) The era of economic reform in the 1980s was also a pivotal moment in the history of New Zealand’s health system. There was a growing sense of the need for change, rethinking and policy innovation. By 1980, 50 per cent of New Zealanders had […]
Applications are now open for a Wellcome Trust studentship in humanities and social science. The studentship is available to students taking the MSc in Public Health in 2019/20. The successful candidate will follow a humanities and social science pathway through the MSc. The award supports the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rate, a tax-free […]
Video: Virginia Berridge – Smoking and Health (1962) – the Royal College of Physicians and public health
You can now watch Virginia Berridge’s seminar – Smoking and Health (1962) – the Royal College of Physicians and public health, 13th September 2018. https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/video-archive (Please scroll down for Virginia Berridge’s seminar)
New Blog and Event. Primary Health Care for All? Lessons of History, from Alma Ata 1978 to Astana 2018.
New blog by Martin Gorsky, Primary Health Care for All? Lessons of History, from Alma Ata 1978 to Astana 2018 Special Lunchtime Seminar – People’s (Primary) Health Care: Revisiting the Alma-Ata Conference and its ongoing implications. Anne-Emanuelle Birn. Professor of Critical Development Studies and Global Health, University of Toronto. Her books include: OUP’s Textbook of […]
CALL FOR PAPERS Tele(visualising) Health: TV, Public Health, its Enthusiasts and its Publics ERC Healthy Self as Body Capital & Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine International Conference 27 February – 1 March 2019 Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU, UK Televisions […]
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 free online course on the history of public health in post-war Britain will start on the 29th October 2018. The course is run by the […]
A replica of the John Snow pump has now been reinstated to Broadwick Street in Soho. A few pieces of coverage from the John Snow pump unveiling can be viewed below: Londonist – https://londonist.com/london/latest-news/historic-pump-restored-to-soho Time Out – https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-historic-john-snow-water-pump-is-back-in-soho-072018 Or you can watch Dr Ros Stanwell-Smith discussing John Snow and the pump on London Live: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-07-20/pump-reinstated-in-soho-to-remember-great-scientist
Listen to Martin Gorsky being interviewed on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme (from 00h07m50s) reflecting on the creation of the NHS and whether the Service has stuck to its founding principles. (Available for 18 days) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00000x8
Keep up-to-date with all our news and upcoming events – Centre for History in Public Health Newsletter, Issue 22, now available. Chiph Newsletter June 2018 Issue 22
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 Flyer A free online course on the history of public health in post-war Britain will start on the 2nd July 2018. The course is run by […]
New blog: The Creation of the NHS by Martin Gorsky, Professor in the History of Public Health https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/research-action/nhs-70/creation-nhs-martin-gorsky-professor-history-public-health Chiph Film evening As Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) marks its seventieth birthday, join us on the anniversary of the ‘Appointed Day’ to watch a selection of films from throughout its history. The films, from 1948 up to the […]
28-29 June 2018. Institute of Historical Research, London. 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 will explore the changing nature of public […]
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 Flyer A free online course on the history of public health in post-war Britain will start on the 9th of April 2018. The course is run […]
Date: 28 February 2018, 1–6pm Location: Federation of Graduate Women Suite, Old Government House, University of Auckland, New Zealand Overview The era of economic reform in the 1980s was also a pivotal moment in the history of New Zealand’s health system. There was a growing sense of the need for change, rethinking and policy innovation. Focal points […]
This exhibition explores the history of HMP Holloway, the UK’s largest prison for women, which closed down in 2016. Using the issue of health and medical expertise within prisons as a common strand throughout Holloway’s history, it looks at staff and buildings, conditions, protests, and the women in prison themselves. It also reflects upon Holloway’s contested legacy, […]
Conference report – Academy of Social Sciences Seminar, Monday 4 December 2017: Historical and International Perspectives on Health
A full conference report by Dr Chris Sirrs is now available for the Academy of Social Sciences Seminar, Monday 4 December 2017: Historical and International Perspectives on Health Conference Report (PDF)
On Wednesday 15th November the Centre for History in Public Health held a book launch in the Manson Foyer at the School’s Keppel Street building to celebrate the publication of Professor Susanne MacGregor’s new book by Palgrave: The Politics of Drugs: Perceptions, Power and Policies ▶ Questions the current public representation of UK drugs policy ▶ Aims […]
INTERNATIONAL AND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY – Seminar 4: Historical and International Perspectives on Health
Professors Susanne MacGregor and Virginia Berridge, as Fellows of the Academy of Social Science, and members of the History Centre, are convening a seminar for the Academy on historical and international perspectives on health policy. This will be the fourth in the Academy series on international and multidisciplinary perspectives on evidence-based policy, organised overall by […]
You are invited to join us for our launch events in London and Dublin: 22 November and 1 December 2017 The 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis may be recent history, but the experiences of those who lived through it are rapidly disappearing from the public mind. To reintroduce one specific collection of experiences, from the HIV/AIDS […]
On 5 December 2017, a witness seminar will be held in London on the introduction of the NHS internal market in 1991, which introduced managed competition in the NHS, self-governing hospitals and GP fundholding. The event will bring together leading representatives of the medical profession, civil service, health services management, health economics and government to […]
Catch up on all our activities with the new issue of our newsletter http://history.lshtm.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2013/06/2017-newsletter-v.5-JW.pdf
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. After a successful first run there will be another opportunity to participate in our free online course on the history of public health in post-war Britain which will […]
Devo-Then, Devo-Now: What can the history of the NHS tell us about localism and devolution in health and care?
Publication from symposium now available. Devo-then, Devo-now Symposium organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM, and the Institute of Public Policy Research, with support from the Wellcome Trust on the 9th May 2017. This symposium brought together historians and policy makers to ask what we could learn from 20th century British history […]
Disorder Contained: A theatrical examination of madness, prisons and solitary confinement in a historical context
London performances of a show put on by the Wellcome funded project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000. A live theatrical examination of madness, prisons and solitary confinement in a historical context, drawing on real experiences of different convicts in the 19th century, as told by themselves and prison […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
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
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, […]
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 […]
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 [SlideDeck2 id=3059] Part […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 …
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!
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!
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 […]
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 […]
Listen to Virginia Berridge speaking on intoxication on Late Night Woman’s Hour: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06708zc
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Catch up on our news! New History Centre newsletter available. http://history.lshtmcentresms.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/06/Newsletter-Vol-19.-June-2015.pdf
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 […]
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/
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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/
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 […]
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 […]
The new History Centre newsletter Vol. 18 is now available. Please click here
The Resource Allocation Working Party (RAWP) transcript is now available. Click here For further information on witness seminars click here.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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 […]
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 (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 […]