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ePortfolio of Ed Devane

I am a first year PhD student in the Centre for the History of Medcine at the University of Warwick. My project, Building the NHS: plannning, public opinion and Britain's new state healthcare facilities, 1945 - 1974 is supervised by Professor Mathew Thomson and Professor Roberta Bivins and is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

I study the planning, design, construction, and commissioning of primary and secondary healthcare institutions in postwar Britain. Whether due to wartime bomb damage or decades of under-investment, the poor condition of inherited buildings was one of the earliest crises the British National Health Service (NHS) had to contend with. Yet for almost fourteen years, no central government policy came close to providing adequate support for the development of new facilities. My project argues that in spite of this, the planning and design of hospitals and health centres continued as a dynamic, locally rooted, and often contentious process, which is altogether symbolic of how the wider health service really developed and acquired meaning.

Research Interests

- Resource allocation and health service expenditure

- British public opinion, 1945 - 1975

- Framing, decision-making and expertise

- Postwar modernist architecture

- Popular politics and welfare capitalism

- International networks, NGOs and the NHS


University of Warwick, Ph.D. History 2018 - 2021.

University of York, M.A. Medical History and Humanties 2016 - 2017.

University of Essex, B.A. Modern History, 2012 - 2015.

Engagement & Experience

Authorised Representative and steering committee member, Healthwatch Coventry, 2018 - present.

Analyst, ICON Clinical Research plc, 2017 - 2018.

Research Assistant, University of York Graduate Students Association, 2016 - 2017.

British Library Digitisation Officer, British Newspaper Archive, Findmypast, 2016.

Graduate Research Intern, The Sloane Letters Project, University of Essex, PI: Dr Lisa Smith, 2015 - 2016.

Student Researcher/Speaker, Bourne Mill Project, Colchester, University of Essex/National Trust, 2014 - 2016.

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Ed DeVane


Centre for History of Medicine

Humanities Building

University of Warwick