London Health Histories – a workshop

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On the 17 June we will be hosting a workshop, ‘London Health Histories’, organised in association with the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

London map

Map showing death rates from all causes in the London metropolitan boroughs, 1905.

Bringing together academics, librarians and archivists, the workshop will consider the health of London over time and also examine how digital developments are providing fresh opportunities for research.

Location: Darwin Room, Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

To register to attend this free workshop, please contact:


09.30 – Registration opens

09.55 – Welcome: Martin Gorsky, Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM

10.00 – Taking London’s Pulse: Digital Sources, New Approaches   

Ross Macfarlane, Wellcome Library: ‘The Public Side of Public Health: Reflections on the launch and promotion of London’s Pulse’

Sally Frampton, University of Oxford and Lalita Kaplish, Wellcome Library: ‘Diagnosis London: Investigating public health in London’

11.00 – Break

11.20 – London’s Health Between the Wars

Patricia Dark, Southwark Archives and Angela Saward, Wellcome Library: Here Comes Good Health: living conditions in South London between the wars and Bermondsey’s health films’

Luke Blaxill, University of Oxford and Jane K. Seymour, LSHTM: ‘Adventures in text mining with the London MOH annual reports: towards an alternative history of interwar public health’

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Institutions and Governance

Philippa Smith, London Metropolitan Archives: ‘Mapping and imaging smallpox in London and the work of the Metropolitan Asylums Board’

Rob Ellis, University of Huddersfield: ‘London County Council, its Mental Health Policy and the Politics of International Consultation’

15.00 – Break

15.20 – Culture and the Metropolitan Environment

Mark Jenner, University of York: ‘Gay Tulips on a Dunghill? Social Sanitation and Civic Culture in London c.1550-c.1720’

Clare Horrocks, Liverpool John Moores University: ‘Policing Public Health in Punch 1848 to 1858’

16.20 – Reflections and Conclusion Led by David Green, King’s College London

16.50 – End

Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM with the Wellcome Library.

Sponsored by the Wellcome Library and hosted by the Wellcome Trust.


Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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