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Assessment of Exeter Partnership NHS Trust records. 20 Sep 2006

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust, providing mental health and learning disability services for Devon has decided to discard a substantial number of individual patient records, together with at least two different card indices. These materials appear to date mainly 1930s - 1960s and are to be destroyed unless archived. They represent an important resource for researchers and for the engagement of scientific and historical scholarship with the wider public. The Devon Archivist has accepted the need to house these materials on a temporary basis until an effective means of sampling and retention can be found. The rationale for retaining these materials and developing a clear model for sampling what is a collection of some ten thousand patient files can be simply stated. Earlier deposits of health records, in particular those relating to mental health, have provided a foundation for major research initiatives at the Centre, including detailed studies of mental services in south west England before 1939. Relatively few collections of patient records for the post-1918 period have survived, though they complement studies of the nineteenth century which have drawn largely on such materials. The present proposal is for a brief (approximately 3 months) investigation of the medical records to assess their scope and organisation, and to identify an appropriate strategy for future sampling. The proposal envisages funding for one member of staff (a Research Assistant) under the direction of Dr Jo Melling (the applicant), in collaboration with the Devon Archivist, but housed in the Devon Record Office. John Draisey (Devon County Archivist) has agreed to the Research Assistant using office space, telephone facilities and associated resources at the Devon Record Office. Management will be arranged by monthly meetings, with reports prepared by the Research Assistant.

Amount: £8,823
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

The performance of medicine : researching the historical writings on the ritual of tarantism. 13 Jul 2008

The project for which this grant is being sought, is for proposed archival research into specific aspects of medical history relating to the phenomenon of tarantism. The grant will allow for detailed examination of documents and sources contained within two libraries, the Wellcome Trust Library, London, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford, both of which hold significant material relating to the historical study of the medical writings concerning tarantism, which date from the 15th Century through to the present. The key goals of this archival research are that it will contribute toward the writing of a monograph, Ritual, Rapture and Remorse: the dance of the spider in Salento, under contract with Peter Lang, which is a study of the history of tarantism through different disciplinary perspectives, and includes discussion of the extensive amount of documentation within the field of the history of medicine. This will make an important contribution to dissemination of these writings, each of which demonstrates the shifts in approaches to the body, medicine and scientific and philosophical paradigms, most particularly in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, but also moving through to the developments in psychiatric medicine during the 20th Century.

Amount: £1,297
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

MA in Medical History. 31 Aug 2007

The mind and its inexorable relationship to the early modern body caught my imagination specifically, and my dissertation was influenced as such. 'Lovesickness' became the core focus of my thesis. Not only did I discover a historiographical lacunae in this field of medical history, but, surprisingly, an incredible amount of source material relating to this disease in both popular and medical tracts of the seventeenth century. Through my research I began to establish the hypothesis that it was this period that witnessed the articulation of the female body as that primarily affected by this disease. Discovering that it was associated with sexual appetite and mental instability, I concluded that lovesickness was grounded deliberately in the fundamental characteristics of the female anatomy in order to posit her gender as sexually and mentally volatile. As such, a diagnosis of 'lovesick' served perfectly to validate a young women's exclusion from the public and intellectual domains, thus supporting the common early modern paradigm of female subjection. Yet while this may have implied the historical fiction of lovesickness, I believe that my analysis also elucidated a genuine disease that may have inspired the invention. Indeed diary entries, newspaper articles, and the predominance of the lovesick maid in popular ballads inferred that real women experienced the tumults of love both physiologically and psychologically. If permitted what I would like to investigate is the disparity in representation between the male and female versions of the disease. Was male lovesickness as much of a cultural phenomenon as the female version, or was it simply a literary relic deriving from the Middle Ages (when the term Amor Heroes implied the masculinity of the disease, as attested by the historian Mary Wack)? Did male lovesickness reside in a different area of the body to that of female lovesickness, and did love enter the body through the same channels? Was the male less, and the female more susceptible to the disease due to their humoral characteristics? Was female lovesickness more innately sexual that male? In medical accounts of authors such as Jacques Ferrand, he seats the disease potentially in the testicles, yet does not link this explicitly to sexual appetite, whilst with the seating of the disease in the womb, he does. Was the male sufferer, therefore, more prone to the melancholic rather than the erotic stage of lovesickness? And as in female accounts of the disease, was the male sufferer always young? And finally, I would like to investigate whether genuine cases of lovesickness inspired the fictive accounts of the male malady, as they did the female. Thus there are an incredible number of avenues to research in this field, if indeed I am granted the opportunity to do so.

Amount: £20,153
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

Rewriting the System of Nature: Linnaeus's Use of Writing Technologies. 13 Nov 2008

Although the cultural turn in the history of science and medicine has considerably raised awareness for the contextual importance of material artefacts and practices, medical and scientific knowledge itself is still largely seen as something which is exemplified by cognitive entities: the concepts, theories, and methodologies that scientists hold and use. This project would start from a different perspective by assuming that any form of socially organized knowledge is essentially written knowled ge, and proceeds through the development, deployment and dissemination of writing technologies. While the project focuses on the corpus of manuscripts and publications of a single scientist, Carl Linnaeus (1707 1778), I conceive it as a pilot project that will serve to develop both a terminology and a methodology that is attentive to the materiality of writing, and will have ramifications for how the history of science and medicine is done in general. In particular, it will bring historiography closer again to the defining mark of modern science and medicine: their reliance on forms of inductive reasoning operating on a social and global scale, and the concurrent emergence of ontological concepts of collective entities like species, disease categories, and human types .

Amount: £119,746
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

MA History of Medicine 29 Aug 2008

Not available

Amount: £21,442
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

An investigation of genes in key beta-cell pathways following the type 2 diabetes WTCCC genome wide association study. 31 Oct 2007

We will test the hypothesis that common variation in beta-cell genes predisposes to type 2 diabetes. We will aim to a) identify the most strongly associated SNPs in five new gene regions already identified, and b) investigate in more detail ~730 genes expressed in key beta-cell pathways. We will first genotype a panel of 768 SNPs that increase coverage in selected beta-cell genes in the 2000 cases and 3000 controls already covered by the 500K chip. This will result in information from approxi mately ~31,000 SNPs from across these beta-cell genes. We will then take the 384 SNPs with the best P values (~P80% power to detect odds ratios of 1.15-1.2 at p<1x10-7. We will work with collaborators from the two other largest type 2 diabetes genome scans and UK epidemiological based collections to further increase the confidence of our findings. Finally we will assess the role of newly associated and replicated type 2 diabetes risk variants in pre-diabetic traits including insulin secretion, fasting glucose and birth weight and growth.

Amount: £868,678
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

The Loop - Living Well 07 Jun 2018

To help 50 people improve their mental and physical wellbeing by undertaking various activities.

Amount: £2,000
Funder: Suffolk Community Foundation
Recipient: Volunteering Matters

The Loop - Living Well 06 Jun 2018

To help 50 people improve their mental and physical wellbeing by undertaking various activities.

Amount: £2,500
Funder: Suffolk Community Foundation
Recipient: Volunteering Matters

Grant to Volunteering Matters 20 Dec 2013

Great War pop-up exhibition

Amount: £9,700
Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Recipient: Volunteering Matters
Region: North East
District: County Durham

Grant to Royal British Legion Camelford 07 May 2014

Camelford and Advent during the First World War

Grant to Royal British Legion 19 Sep 2013

Events to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War in 2014

Grant to Royal British Legion Newbiggin & North Seaton Branch 27 Aug 2014

Provide Walls of Honour for the fallen in the Town Memorial Park

Grant to Volunteering Matters 25 Jul 2016

Visions of volunteering (then and now )

Amount: £9,600
Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Recipient: Volunteering Matters
Region: North East
District: County Durham

Weekend D-Day celebration event 25 Jun 2004

The Gateshead branch of the Royal British Legion has been awarded a grant towards their weekend of celebrations in commemoration of the D-Day landings. This will involve a church service as well as entertainments and refreshments. The event is open to all residents in the Gateshead area.

Extension of front hall to include disabled toilets and baby-change facilities. 14 Dec 2004

The Legion's hall is used for a variety of clubs and individuals. As part of an ongoing refurbishment project they will extend and develop the front hall to include disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities.

Brass Band Concert 25 May 2005

The Baschurch and District Branch of the Royal British Legion have been awarded a grant to hold a church service and parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. A Brass Band concert and reception will also be held.

Service 25 May 2005

The Royal British Legion Gwent County Committee have been awarded a grant to hold a Drumhead Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 60th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities of World War Two. The event will be attended by many ex-services and veterans groups and will cover five county authorities in Wales.