Anglo-American Conference 2011: Health in History

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29th June - 1st July 2011

Venue: Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

The history of medicine and of human society in sickness and health is an ever widening window through which the present can view the past. The study of the ways in which societies over time and at war and in peace have defined and treated their ‘sick’, the changing content and status of medical expertise and ethics, and those episodic moments when the globe has been transformed by epidemic, panic and panacea is now an integral part of mainstream history. The field of medical history stretches from palaeopathology through to contemporary political debates over health care and genomics. And the medical humanities are now critically placed in most cultures at the meeting point of research and social policy. 

This year, the Institute of Historical Research will be holding its flagship event, the Anglo-American Conference, on the subject of Health in History and will feature papers and panels across all periods and areas of the history of medicine.

See here for the full programme and abstracts, or here for the printed conference programme. The online registration form can be found here.


Policy forum: Historians in the policy environment

Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

A policy forum will be taking place at the end of the first day of the conference (Wednesday 29 June, 5pm). Key academics and health professionals will be discussing the role historians have played, and will play, in the health policy environment.  

  • Chair: Virginia Berridge
  • James Kneale (UCL)
  • James Nicholls (University of Bath) 
  • David Turner (House of Commons Health Committee)
  • Melissa Smith (Office of Civil Society)
  • Jill Rutter (Institute of Government)

Please click here for further details.


Publishers’ fair

A Publishers’ fair will be taking place over the 3 days of the conference in the Brunei Suite of the Gallery.

Take the opportunity to browse the latest history books at discounted rates.

The following publishers will be exhibiting and promoting their new publications at the 2011 Anglo-American Conference of Historians:

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Roundtable discussion sponsored by Cambridge University Press

A Roundtable discussion will be held on Friday 1st July in Room B202, Brunei Gallery at 12.45pm to promote the newly published book entitled: 'The Changing Body'. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press, the discussion will feature authors Sir Roderick Floud (Provost of Gresham College) and Professor Bernard Harris (University of Southampton) as well as discussants Dr Alice Reid (University of Cambridge) and Professor Chandak Sengoopta (Birkbeck). 


Medicine and War on Film 

Chaired by Dr Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck) a film show will take place on Friday 1st July at 12.45pm in the Brunei Lecture Theatre on the subject of 'Medicine and War on FIlm'. All are welcome to attend. 


Tea/ coffee break and Plenary lecture sponsored by Oxford University Press

Thursday's tea/coffee break at 11am will be sponsored by Oxford University Press, as well as the plenary lecture at 11.30am given by Professor Samuel Cohn (Glasgow). 


Prothero lecture and reception

The Prothero lecture will be taking place on Wednesday 29 June at 5.30pm, in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, UCL. Professor Paul Kennedy (Yale University) will be presenting a paper entitled ‘History from the Top, from Below - AND from the Middle’.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at 6.30pm, which will also take place at UCL, in the Wilkins Jeremy Bentham Room.

For more details, please contact Sue Carr at the Royal Historical Society at


'Haven of Health' exhibition at the Royal Society of Medicine

To tie in with the Anglo-American Conference 2011: Health and History, the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine will host The Haven of Health, an exhibition of books from its old-and-rare collection.

Consisting of pre-nineteenth century works, the titles of which variously present health as The Hope of Health, The Fountain of Health, The Garden of Health, The Newe Jewell of Health, and The Treasury of Health, this exhibition gives visitors a taste of many of the preoccupations and concerns of the time such as how to preserve health and attain longevity .

The Haven of Health runs from June 6th – July 8th and will be held on the second floor of the Royal Society of Medicine Library.

Opening hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 19.00
  • Friday 9.00 – 17.30
  • Saturday 10.00 – 16.30


Free temporary membership to the Royal Society of Medicine

As an delegate at the Anglo-Amerian Conference we have negotiated with the Royal Society of Medicine to provide you with free temporary membership from Saturday 25 June to Monday 4 July.

Prestigious medical society in heart of central London - just 10 minutes walk from the conference

  • Access to their world leading library - over 600,000 volumes with some dating back to 14th century
  • Use of their club facilities near to Oxford Circus with cafe, restaurant, bar and lounges
  • Use of their study facilities with online access to thousands of full text e-journals
  • Visit their library exhibition on theme of Health in History

To learn more about them do visit Further details on how to register for your free membership at the RSM will be emailed to you once your conference registration has been recieved.  


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To mark the 80th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, the Institute of Historical Research are holding a wine and canapé reception at the Wellcome Collection on Friday 1st July at 7pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to privately view Wellcome’s new exhibition entitled Dirt.