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Research Dissemination


Research Poster
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Public Engagement
Panel member on the podcast ‘Historyish’, a series on influential historians and their works run as part of the ‘Postgraduate Forum for the History of Medicine’, 2010–2011. For more information and to listen please go to the Forum website.

Devised a workshop on the history of sexual health for Key Stage 4 pupils at Westwood School, Coventry to accompany the school’s sexual health education programme, 2010. This workshop used the themes of sexual health and stigma in the past to explore young peoples' attitudes to STIs today. Edited parts of this workshop were recorded for the Centre for the History of Medicine and are avaliable here.

Delivered a public lecture ‘Pox, Pus and Prophylactics: Sexual Health Through the Ages’ as part of Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW), University of Warwick, 2009. More information about SHAW events can be found here.

Created a short film ‘Picturing the Pox: A (very) Brief History’ (1st prize winner at the History of Medicine in Motion Conference (UCL), May 2009). The film introduces some of the recurring visual themes in the history of venereal disease and can be viewed on the front page of this e-portfolio.

Book Reviews
‘Elizabeth Stephens Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present’, Medical History, 56:3 (2012), 409–410.

In Progress
Journal article: to be submitted Feb/Mar 2013 to Bulletin for the History of Medicine.

Workshop and Conference Papers

Forthcoming: April 2013 ‘‘The Obscene and filthy museum in Coventry Street’: Displaying Immoral Medicine in Nineteenth-Century London’, Erotica, Pornography and the Obscene in Europe, University of Warwick.

April 2012 Invited participant at the second study day of the AHRC funded project ‘The Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit’ at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University.

June 2011 'Visualising Venereal Disease in London c.1780 - 1860', 2nd Annual History of Medicine Postgraduate Summit, QMUL.

April 2011 '"The most dreadful progress of lingering sufferings": Images from the London Lock Hospital, 1849 - 1851', Association of Art Historians 37th Annual Conference, University of Warwick.

Oct 2010 'Visualising Venereal Disease: The functions of visual representations c.1780 – 1850', Scratching the Surface: The History of Skin, its Diseases and their Treatment, University of Birmingham.

July 2010 'Faces of Disease: Images and the Display of Knowledge about Venereal Disease in the Late Eighteenth Century', The Body on Display from Renaissance to Enlightenment Symposium, Durham University.

July 2010 'The Virtues of the Image: Seeing the Pathology of Venereal Disease in Eighteenth Century Britain', The Making of Early Modern Scientific Knowledge, University of Warwick.

May 2010 '"A parcel of rotten bones not worth delineating": The Emergence of the Pathological Image in Eighteenth Century Britain', University of Warwick Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick.

June 2009 'Seeing the Disease: The Visual Culture of the Pox in London c. 1750 – 1850', Methods in Theory and Practice, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL.

Administrative Experience


May 2011 Assisted with organizing The Irish Giant a theatre production devised by Cartoon de Salvo as part of the Centre for the History of Medicine's public engagement programme. The Irish Giant looks at the life and death of the eight foot tall Charles Byrne and his relationship with well-known surgeon John Hunter who becomes obsessive about attaining the giant's skeleton after Byrne dies. As well as working front-of-house during the production, I also designed a series of posters for an exhibition accompanying the show.

2008 – 2010 Convenor for the Centre for the History of Medicine Reading Lunch. Over the past two years we have discussed topics ranging from medical sociology, disability rights, medicial documentaries and the 'freakshow', 'bio-art', and representations of the mentally ill.

2008 – 2010 Convenor for the Cultural History Seminar Series - Co-founded and organised by myself and fellow PhD student Jack Elliott, the series aimed to attract speakers with a range of historical interests who were united by their cultural-history angle. Over the course of the series we featured papers on African visual art, medical humanitarianism, spritual politics, and the history of forensic medicine. As convenor I dealt with inviting speakers, arranging travel and accomodation, organizing publicity, and chairing seminars.


2009 - 2010 and 2012 - 2013 Seminar tutor for the first year core module 'Making of the Modern World', Department of History, Warwick. For more details on the module, seminar topics and reading lists see here.

2009 - 2011 Session leader for 'Finding a Supervisor' and 'Quantitative Research Skills Essay' for the MA core course Theory, Skills and Methods.

Nov 2009 'PGA Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice' (Part 1), Learning and Development Centre, Warwick.


2007 - 2008 Paleography training on the module 'From manuscript to Print', Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Warwick.