The Centre for the History of Public Health and Medicine – CHPHM

Welcome to CHPHMblog, the blog page for the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for the History of Public Health and Medicine. This site aims to showcase the research interests and activities of CHPHM members and associates and to bring to public attention new research in the history of health and medicine.

The Centre has a Director, Barry Doyle, Professor of Health History and its members are Dr Rob Ellis, Dr Lindsey Dodd, Dr Paul Atkinson, Dr Rebecca Gill, Dr Rob Light, Dr Daryl Leeworthy and Dr Pat Cullum ( Current research students in the Centre include Alice Brumby (who held an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Thackray Medical Museum), Maggie Bullett amd Mike Young. We have links with the School of Human and Health Sciences, especially Professor Janet Hargreaves.

The Centre has particular strengths in the areas of Hospital History, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and Child Health. In the last three years we have received funding for our research from the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Board and  the AHRC and we partnered the Thackray Medical Museum in their successful bid to the Arts Council  for a grant to develop three new galleries related to war and medicine. We have developed effective partnerships with South Yorkshire Mental Health Trust – where Rob Ellis holds a Visiting Fellowship – the Thackray Medical Museum, Mind and Leeds City Museums. Our work in the area of mental health and learning disabilities has been supported by the AHRC Connected Communities strand

Our recent and current projects focus on mental health institutions in Edwardian London (Ellis), hospitals in England and France (Doyle), children and the second world war (Dodd), fertility change in late nineteenth century England (Atkinson), Miners’ Welfare and sport (Leeworthy) and the work of Save the Children between the wars (Gill). Profiles of current projects will follow in subsequent blogs. Staff in the Centre have been publishing widely in established medical history journals such as Social History of Medicine and Medical History and in non-specialist journals such as Historical Research and Oral History. Doyle’s book on early twentieth century hospital provision has just been published in Pickering and Chatto’s Social History of Medicine Society series and Gill’s on late nineteenth century humanitarianism by Manchester University Press. (

In future posts we will provide more detailed coverage of our projects and provide information on activities, events and developments within the Centre.


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