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My research (summary)
My current research includes leadership in the National Health Service. However, I continue to have an interest in the history of medicine and the history of community and family.

Previous Research

I have worked as an oral historian since 1982 in both community and academic settings. This has included the Dundee Oral History Project, the ESRC funded Family, Social Mobility and Ageing study and as a Wellcome Trust fellow investigating the history of general practice in a single locality.

Most recently I was part of the Leverhulme Trust funded Changing Families, Changing Food programme team. This is a collaboration involving staff at RHUL and the University of Sheffield.

Oral History

I'm currently the Chair of the Oral History Society.

For more on the making of oral history and the Oral History Society see the IHR pages.

I had previously been the Society's Regional Network Coordinator and the Secretary of the Scottish Oral History Group.

Teaching and training

I teach on a number of courses in the Department of History, RHUL. This includes the oral history module of the MA in Public History (The Voice of the Public: Oral History in Public History) and the undergraduate courseFrom blood and guts to the worried well: medicine in modern Britain.

I'm also interested in supervising PhDs in the oral history of health, welfare and medicine as well as public history.

I also help to organise training for the Oral History Society as well as Welcome's Oral History of Medicine course.


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