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Dr Rosemary Cresswell

Senior Lecturer in Global History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Histories Languages and Cultures

Summary

Rosemary Cresswell (formerly Wall) is currently writing the history of the British Red Cross, and is working on a variety of related projects on the history of war, health and humanitarianism.

Rosemary studied Economic and Social History as an undergraduate and History of Science, Technology and Medicine at postgraduate level. She held postdoctoral research roles at the University of Oxford and at King’s College London, before undertaking a temporary lectureship at Imperial College London, joining the University of Hull in September 2012.

Undergraduate

I am currently on research leave but have contributed to a wide variety of modules relating to global history, the history of war, heritage and public history, history of medicine and science, and animals, for example.

Book

Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939

Wall, R. Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939. The University of Hull

Book Chapter

Trouble with “status”: Competing models of British and North American public health nursing education and practice in British Malaya

Wall, R., & Rafferty, A. M. (2017). Trouble with “status”: Competing models of British and North American public health nursing education and practice in British Malaya. In H. Pols, C. Thompson, & J. Warner (Eds.), Translating the body: Medical education in Southeast Asia, 67-94. National University of Singapore Press

Complaining about typhoid in 1930s Britain

Wall, R. (2014). Complaining about typhoid in 1930s Britain. In J. Reinarz, & R. Wynter (Eds.), Complaints, controversies and grievances in medicine: Historical and social science perspectives, 184-202. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Nursing and surgery: Professionalisation, education and innovation

Wall, R., & Hallett, C. E. (2017). Nursing and surgery: Professionalisation, education and innovation. In T. Schlich (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of the history of surgery, 153-174. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95260-1_8

Journal Article

First aid and voluntarism in England, 1945-­85

Ramsden, S., & Wall, R. (2019). First aid and voluntarism in England, 1945-­85. Twentieth Century British History, https://doi.org/10.1093/tcbh/hwy043

Research interests

Rosemary Cresswell is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to research the history of first aid in Britain and France, 1909-89 - see http://firstaidhistory.hull.ac.uk/

A new short project, funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary, investigates the role of Oxfam in reporting on health conditions in wars since the 1940s.

Rosemary is collaborating with investigators at Flinders University, Australia, and the University of Stirling for the project, 'Resilient Humanitarianism: A History of The League of Red Cross Societies, 1919-1991', funded by the Australian Research Council.

Rosemary has previously written and published on the history of infectious diseases, medico-legal history, and colonial nursing.

Postgraduate supervision

I have successfully supervised 3 PhD students to completion and am particularly interested in research topics relating to the history of health, war and humanitarianism.

Charity role

Chair of the Society for the Social History of Medicine

2018