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Prof Keir Waddington 

Dr Keir Waddington
Position:Director of Research

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76103
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74929
Location:John Percival Building, Room 4.40

Research Interests

A specialist in the social history of medicine, Keir's research interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. He has published books and articles on: public health, diseased meat (tuberculosis and BSE), medicine and charity, Victorian hospitals, the history of nursing, and the twentieth-century history of Bethlem (Bedlam). Having completed a book for Palgrave on the social history of medicine in Europe from 1500 to the present, he is currently working on projects related to public health in rural Wales and on hospital and patient narratives. 

He is a co-director of the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study for Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group, which is dedicated to the study of the history of science (particularly the medical sciences) and the imagination (literary and cultural), External Advisory Director of The Centre for the Study of Science and Imagination (SCIMAG - University of Westminster), and editor of Society for the Social History of Medicine's monograph series published by Pickering & Chatto.

Selected Publications

Keir Waddington (2011) An Introduction to the Social History of Medicine: Europe since 1500. Palgrave

Keir Waddington (2006) The Bovine Scourge: Meat, Tuberculosis and Public Health, 1850-1914. Boydell Press.

Keir Waddington (2003) Medical Education at St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1123-1995. Boydell Press.

Keir Waddington (2000) Charity and the London Hospitals, 1850-1898. Boydell Press

Current Research Projects

  • Public Health in Rural Wales, c.1850-1914
  • Hospital narratives and Gothic fiction






Postgraduate Research

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.

MA modules taught:

  • Rethinking Victorian Britain
  • City and the Environment
  • Dirt, Disease and Public Health
  • Understanding the Social History of Medicine

Impact and Engagement