The website of the People's History of the NHS, ran by the research team of the Cultural History of the NHS project at the Centre for the History of Medicine in the Warwick University History Department, has now been launched:
The People’s History of the NHS allows you to help us research what the NHS means and how it has shaped our lives since its creation. It is part of our bigger academic project investigating the cultural history of the NHS, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Collecting personal stories and memories about the NHS is one of our central objectives.
Former History research student John Morgan (now an Economic History Society Power Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London), who successfully defended his Warwick PhD thesis earlier this month, was highly commended in the 2015 Journal of Historical Geography Best Paper Prize. His article 'Understanding Flooding in Early Modern England' (vol. 50, pp. 37-50) was one of three runners-up in this prestigious competition and the department would like to congratulate him on this success.
The Department is pleased to announce that it will be offering a range of History and History of Medicine Doctoral and Masters scholarships for October 2016 admission. Closing dates: 19 January 2016 for MPhil/PhD applicants and 15 February 2016 for MA applicants.
To be considered, candidates should complete an online University application.
For full details of the awards and the application procedure, please visit the PG Funding Opportunities webpage.
The Department would like to congratulate PhD candidate Hannah Graves, who has been awarded the prestigious 2015 HOTCUS Postgraduate Essay Prize for her essay “The Value of an Endorsement: Reassessing Hollywood’s ‘Race Year’ Through the Debate over Pinky (1949)”.
The Warwick University History Department is saddened to report the death of former student Mary Legge, who passed away peacefully on 29th March 2015 at Cransley Hospice in Kettering. Mary was a mature part-time student at Warwick for many years, completing her BA in Historical Studies from 2000 to 2006, and completing an MA in History from 2006 to 2008. Mary was a great role model and inspiration to her fellow part-time students, always interested, supportive, and ready to engage with whatever activities were taking place, and she will be remembered fondly.
As a result of outstanding success in both research and teaching, the Warwick University History Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of four fixed-term assistant professors, all starting in September 2015:
The closing date for applications for all four posts is 20th April 2015. Please direct any informal queries to the Head of Department, Professor Daniel Branch, at D.P.Branch@warwick.ac.uk.
Dr Roberta Bivins and Dr Mathew Thomson have secured Senior Investigator Awards and over £1m of funding from the Wellcome Trust to support a five-year programme of research on the cultural history of the National Health Service.
Based in Warwick History Department’s Centre for the History of Medicine, ‘The Cultural History of the NHS’ (http://warwick.ac.uk/nhshistory) will investigate the changing meaning of the NHS for the British people since its opening in 1948. Conservative politician Nigel Lawson famously remarked in the 1980s that the NHS was the closest thing the English people now had to a religion, and assumptions about the meaning of the NHS remain hugely influential in public debate. In a climate in which the future of the NHS is a matter of daily speculation and as we approach a natural point of reflection with the 70th anniversary in 2018, the research will provide us with the first major study of how our beliefs about the NHS really did evolve over this period.
The research will analyse public opinion, cultural representation in literature, film and television, and the role of the NHS itself and those who worked within it in the construction of meaning. We will also ask whether and how the NHS operated as a cultural force in Britain, for instance by encouraging or discouraging the integration of various populations – the elderly, the disabled, migrants – into wider cultures of community health. A further key element of the project will be working with communities and individuals to uncover a hidden history of belief, meaning, and feeling, and in retrieving artefacts and stories to bring this story to life in a web-based ‘people’s history of the NHS’.
Congratulations are due to PhD student John Morgan, who has been awarded the Marion Madison Young Scholar's Prize for an essay on 'counterfeit Egyptians' he wrote whilst studying for his MA.
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