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Centre for the History of Medicine


Established in 1999, the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick is an active group of scholars teaching and researching in the history of medicine. A lively, interdisciplinary community, the Centre runs a programme of workshops, seminars and conferences, many of which are open to the public. The Centre also coordinates the activities of the MA in the Social History of Medicine, and a large cohort of postgraduate students.

We are pleased to have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, which is enabling us to expand our range of activities under the general theme of ‘Cultures and Practices of Health.’ Two major collective projects will be developed as part of this programme: ‘Health and Workplace in Twentieth-Century Britain and ‘The Practice of Medicine in Early Modern Europe.’

One of the Centre’s aims is to engage the local community and the public at large with the history of medicine as a discipline relevant to contemporary concerns, and to do so in creative and innovative ways. The imminent closure of the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital affords a unique opportunity to fulfil this objective.



An artificial leg found at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital (photographed by Peter Chapman)

Photo: Peter Chapman