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Creating databases of Victorian children's hospital patient admissions 26 Nov 2008

This project builds on previous RRMH-funded projects which aim to give historians a unique means to study hospital provision for the sick child in 19th century Britain. Databases of patient admissions to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GN073912, completed), Evelina Children's Hospital and Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease (GN084252, completion date December 2008) formed the focus of the previous projects. The new project will add the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow, Yorkhill) to the collection, enabling comparisons between London and Glasgow to be made. The databases, which will be made available free over the internet to academics and the general public, will form a core research tool for an academic project on the development of institutionalised childcare in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Archival-standard microfilms of the registers will be deposited at the Yorkhill repository. The project will produce papers in refereed journals, and a symposium on childcare history. The addition of Glasgow to the series will leave only two extant collections of 19th century admissions to children's hospitals for inclusion in future projects: the Aberdeen Royal Children's Hospital and the Royal Edinburgh Children's Hospital. However, children were also admitted to general hospitals and a previous pilot project (GN83076) has identified a selection of such institutions in the provinces with suitable surviving records, which could be included in a future project. It is planned to meet historians working on nineteenth century child health in autumn 2008 to determine the future priorities for further database creation.

Amount: £72,070
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Creating databases of Victorian children's hospital patient admissions. 21 Nov 2007

This project will give historians a unique means to study hospital provision for the sick child in London in the 19th century, building on the RRMH-funded Great Ormond Street Hospital Historic Patient Database (GN073912). It will create patient databases for two additional Victorian children's hospitals, and offer them through the internet to medical historians, epidemiologists, historical demographers and family historians. Archival standard microfilms ofthe registers will be deposited at the repositories. The databases will form acore research tool for an academic project into the development of institutionalised childcare from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The project will produce papers in refereed journals, and a symposium on childcare history. This application is intended to be the first in a series relating to hospital patient admissions records. The sources identified for inclusion in this project are among the very few surviving records of child morbidity in 19th century Britain. Three Victorian Scottish children's hospitals also have records identified as suitable, and plans to incorporate these have been formulated. Despite the growth of such hospitals in Victorian Britain, general hospitals continued to treat large numbers of children. Accordingly, the project will beextended to include admission records for a selection of general hospitals. Twelve potential institutions have been identified (see Appendix 1 for full list) with records suitable for such a study. As some of these begin in the late 18th century, this would also provide insight into childhood disease in the era preceding specialist children's hospitals.

Amount: £70,261
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Proposal for Support for a Pilot Project on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Hospital Admission and Discharge Registers. 18 Apr 2007

Pilot project on 19th and 20th century hospital admission and discharge registers

Amount: £11,223
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Identifying research priorities about older carers and taking carers research to carers 30 Sep 2017

Informal, unpaid carers perform a vital role in supporting others with illness and disability. Currently approximately 7 million carers in the United Kingdom (UK) save the economy an estimated £132 billion annually in care costs. Older carers are a very important sub-group of carers - compared to younger carers, their numbers are increasing more rapidly and they often spend more time caring. Despite this, little research specifically focuses on older carers and we do not know what their research priorities are. In collaboration with two third sector organisations, we propose to run four workshops with older carers and local service providers to identify their priorities for research about older carers (70+ years). After outlining available research, we propose to have two parallel discussion groups - one with carers, the other with service providers. Once participants’ research priorities are identified, we will host a seminar with UK carer researchers to develop future research proposals informed by our findings. Potential outcomes include: increased understanding of research priorities about older carers from the perspectives of older carers and those supporting them; increased engagement with third sector organisations in future research; collaboration with UK researchers and ultimately improved research and support for older carers.

Amount: £29,901
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Revisiting Genesis. 17 Jun 2015

Revisiting Genesis is a new moving-image work that engages with death, dying, palliative care, and post-death digital legacies, initiated as part of a Stanley Picker Gallery Fine Art Fellowship at Kingston University. The work will be distributed digitally through the rapidly popular web-series format, in addition to public presentations in galleries and museums. Revisiting Genesis features a nurse who creates biographical slideshows for people actively preparing for death. When a group of fr iends approach the nurse with the unlikely request to help Genesis, an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise, she initially refuses but finally agrees, and so unfolds Genesis' slideshow. In collaboration with renowned production film company Partizan, Genesis' gradually disappearing state will be developed visually through CGI. Responding to a diverse range of influences including feminist art practices, outsider politics, the loss of meaningful social structures under neoliberalism, th e need for collective forms of self-organisation in caring for others, and the development of digital legacies for women artists through social media, Revisiting Genesis investigates the complex philosophical, political, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death. This will be developed in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Baxter, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, North London Hospice; Dr. Natasha Arnold, Consultant Geriatrician, Homerton Un iversity Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and in consultation with academic and medical staff at Kingston University School of Nursing, including Christina Chu, Rosemary Castle, and Angela Richardson; Dr. Korina Giaxoglou, Death Online International Research Network; and Goldsmiths Women's Art Library.

Amount: £40,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Claude: The Hysterical Laughter of the Cartoon Villain. 17 Jun 2015

In the late 60s and early 70s, the homosexual actor Paul Lynde voiced a range of sexually ambiguous villains in Hanna-Barberas Saturday morning cartoon shows. His snide, campy speech and trademark sniggering laughter articulated the likes of The Hooded Claw, Mildew Wolf and 'confirmed bachelor' Claude Pertwee. The malevolent laughter Lynde used to animate these comic villains is a stereotypical form of vocalisation that generations of children and their adult counterparts have become familiar wi th through its dissemination in television shows around the world. Claude is an experimental documentary that utilises Paul Lynde as a case study, taking his distinctive snigger as a starting point from which to build an expansive scientific, cultural and historical discourse around laughter. Working collaboratively with neuroscientist Sophie Scott and drawing on interviews with project advisers, the film uses animation and documentary materials to investigate scientific notions of abnormal l aughter, representations of hysterical male behaviour and their latent presence in the maniacal laughter of the comic villain.

Amount: £39,942
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

British Prehistoric Phalluses: Savage Sexuality and the Modern Archaeological Imagination. 22 Jun 2015

Objects sculpted to resemble the erect penis have been known from the very beginnings of the modern discipline of archaeology. Yet it was only after 1870 that such objects began to be identified from archaeological excavations in Britain. Known as prehistoric phalluses these discoveries became increasingly significant in debates surrounding the origins of sexuality and religion in British archaeology, anthropology and psychoanalysis throughout the twentieth century. This application will sup port the first investigation focusing primarily on the role these artefacts have played in modern history rather than in prehistory. It will fund visits to museums and archives to obtain primary knowledge of the objects and unpublished archival sources essential to producing their history. This body of information will be examined alongside literature concerning phallic worship, sexual and religious evolution and the imagined sexualities of Britain's prehistoric inhabitants in the nineteenth an d twentieth centuries. The outcomes of this study will include blog posts, conference papers, an academic journal article and book chapter. These outcomes will contribute to histories of sexuality, anthropology and archaeology, as well as enhancing collections-based knowledge available to curators of local museums participating in the project and, thereby, to their museum audiences.

Amount: £2,572
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Nursing History: a work in progress. 2014 Colloquium of the UK Association for the History of Nursing. 14 Jul 2014

Nursing History: a work in progress, is the 2014 colloquium of the UK Association for the History of Nursing. The Colloquium has a long history of creating space for academics in the history of nursing to present their work. Recent meetings have taken specific themes, but this Colloquium will return to the origins of the series and has invited academics to present papers specifically on work in progress. The Colloquium will provide more time than is often permitted at conferences for discussion of the work in a supportive and constructive environment. The programme spans broad chronological, geographic and thematic perspectives; and the highlight will be a Key Note by Dr Deborah Simonton, FHRS, of University of South Denmark. Some years ago, Dr Simonton, a gender and women's historian, wrote on the development of nursing history as women's history. At this conference she will be returning to this theme, but broadening the perspective. In 'Before Nightingale: Gender, Caring and the Medi cal World' she will encourage nursing historians to consider the earlier history of nursing, and the relationship between nursing and medical practice when boundaries were more porous and less well defined.

Amount: £1,010
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Prosopography and Healthcare. 22 Apr 2013

A one day workshop hosted by Kingston University on the use of prosopography in the history of healthcare. Use of prosopography by healthcare historians is growing and the organisers (who have all used prosopography in their own research) decided to stage an event where this powerful research methodology can be discussed. The workshop will provide a platform for both experienced and early-career researchers. It will be split into three sections: for established projects, early career/PhD projec ts and a roundtable which will include contributions from archivists interested in opening up their healthcare archives to this approach. The programme is finalised and includes papers with an international scope: early modern medical community in England and Wales (a Wellcome funded research project), early psychiatry in Soviet Russia, healthcare in the slaveholding American South, Danish nursing Deaconesses, and a study of Fellows of the International Health Division of Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil. They include studies of medicine, nursing and veterinary science. While the subjects are diverse, they share a methodology and participants have been asked to focus on their use of prosopography, rather than the outcomes of their research. It is hoped to publish the papers in a special issue of a journal.

Amount: £900
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Ming of Harlem 11 Jan 2012

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Amount: £30,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

Digitising and Disseminating the Medical Case Notes of Sir Archibald Garrod 24 Nov 2010

This project will be carried out by Kingston University in close collaboration with Mr Nicholas Baldwin, archivist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) archive. It complements the Wellcome Library's strategy to create a digital resource for medical history, and focuses on the theme of modern medical genetics. The project will focus on the GOSH case notes collection of Sir Archibald Garrod, a key contributor to early developments in this field. Garrod held the post of consultant physician at the Hospital in the early twentieth-century, a period when the importance of inheritance in susceptibility to disease was first being posited. This collection is the only surviving record of Garrod's clinical notes, endowing it with special significance. The full collection of case notes will be digitised and those sections containing details of family history and living conditions (a key element in researching the early study of inheritable disease patterns) will be transcribed. A word-search facility will provide researchers with the tools to interrogate this information, while existing indexing tools will provide access to the record as a whole. The images and transcriptions will be made publicly available via the existing free-to-access Historic Hospital Admission Records Project website The website contains databases of admissions to four children's hospitals (GOSH, the Evelina Hospital, the Alexandra Hip Hospital and the Royal Glasgow Children's Hospital) constructed from previous RRMH-funded Kingston projects (GN073912, GN084252 and GN087567). They will also be made available to the Wellcome Library digitisation project.

Amount: £94,646
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University