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Prof Keir Waddington 

Education & Qualifications

1992-95 History PhD, University College London/Institute of Historical Research

1991-92 MA History, University College London

1988-91 BA History, University of East Anglia

Career Overview

1999 to date Reader in History, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

1997-99 Research Fellow, Queen Mary & Westfield College

1995-96 Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for History of Medicine at UCL

1994-98 Part-time Lecturer, School of History, University of East Anglia

1994-95 RHS Centenary Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research


Part One Undergraduate modules

Part Two Undergraduate modules

Year Two

Year Three

Postgraduate courses

  • Rethinking Victorian Britain - 20 Credits
  • Understanding the Social History of Medicine - 20 credits

Postgraduate Research Students

I accept suitably qualified PhD students interested in all aspects of the social history of medicine related to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, as well as related fields in urban and social history.

Membership & External Activity

Editor, Society for the Social History of Medicine's monograph series published by Pickering & Chatto

Co-director, Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study for Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group

External Advisory Director of The Centre for the Study of Science and Imagination (SCIMAG - University of Westminster)

External Advisory Director, 

Editorial Board, University of Wales Press series Intersections in Literature and Science

Editorial Board, Medical History

Member and Chair, AHRC Fellowship panels

AHRC Peer Review College

Academic Advisory Board, History of Brain Science, JOMEC, Cardiff University

Advisory Board, Genetics and Medicine Historical Network

Advisory Board, International Network for the History of Hospitals

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


  • 2013: 'it will not be forgotten how serious matters may become in a year of drought’: Rural Public Health and the ‘long drought’ in Victorian Wales', Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
  • 2013: 'Food, fear and public health in Victorian and Edwardian Britain', Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • 2013: ‘in a country every way by nature favourable to health’: Landscape and Public Health in Rural Wales', Centre for Medical History, University of Birmingham
  • 2012: ‘”a long tale of filth, neglect, carelessness and disease”: The local and the rural in public health’, Workshop of Local Health, University of Worcester
  • 2012: ‘‘in a country every way by nature favourable to health’: Landscape and Public Health in Rural Wales’,  History of Medicine Unit, University of Birmingham
  • 2012: ‘Small places, big problems: the micro and the macro in public health in rural Wales’. History of Health and Medicine Workshop, University of Bergen
  • 2012: ‘Dying Scientifically: Gothic romance and London's Teaching Hospitals’, Annual Conference, British Society for Literature and Science, Oxford
  • 2012: ‘‘In danger of being the subject of some ghastly medical freak’: Medical Romance, the Gothic and rewriting the Antivivisection Narrative’, Nineteenth Century Studies Group, University of Reading
  • 2011: Bart’s Pathology Museum Seminar Series, London
  • 2011: ‘”it might not be a nuisance in a country cottage”: Rural sanitary conditions and images of health in Rural Wales, c. 1870-1900’, EAHHM International Conference, Utrecht
  • 2011: ‘Meat cases: Magistrates, meat and disease in Victorian Britain’, Crime Narratives in Context, Cardiff University
  • 2010: ‘‘The sanitary condition of the place is very bad’: Public Health in the Rural Landscape’, British Association for Victorian Studies, Glasgow
  • 2010: ‘”More like cooking than science”: Inside the laboratory, Britain 1880-1914’, Annual Conference, British Society for Literature and Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle
  • 2009: ‘Wurst than the other sausages: Fear, nation and sausages in Victorian and Edwardian Britain’, Phobia Conference, University of Glamorgan
  • 2008: ‘Confronting the dangerous sausage in Victorian and Edwardian Britain’, Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University
  • 2007: ‘Dangerous Cows: Bovine Tuberculosis, BSE and health’, BSE workshop, Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL