Dr Susan Hawkins

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Humanities
Email: S.E.Hawkins@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62359
Location: Room PR HH 1002, Holmwood House, Penrhyn Road


I gained my doctorate in history from Kingston University in 2007, on nursing in Victorian London. Since then, in addition to teaching on undergraduate modules including 19th century British social history, Women in Britain and America in 19th and 20th centuries, and various levels of skills courses at undergraduate and MA level, I have been involved in a number of research projects. I am project manager of the Centre for the Historical Recordís (CHR) project on the origins of British childrenís hospitals and have embarked on writing a series of articles which will be based on findings from this project. From 2008 to 2011 I worked on a three year AHRC-funded project, Museum Lives, jointly run by the Natural History Museum and Kingston University's School of Humanities. I was the main oral historian on the project which collected the stories of 50 long-serving or retired members of staff. A further AHRC project, for which I am Principle Investigator, is the Women in Science Research Network, which began in April 2013 and ends in September 2014. It has created a network of historians, scientists and social scientists with an interest in the history of womenís involvement in science (www.womeninscience.org). The network has organised a series of workshops and a major international conference held at the Royal Society. It is run in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Rothschild Archive London. Through the CHR, and in collaboration with Kings College London Archives, I have also project managed a digitisation project on the registers of the Royal British Nurses Association. The results will be made available to the general public via a dedicated website, Pioneering Nurses (http://www.kingscollections.org/nurses/home) and I will also be using the resource for a new research project on mobility and career development in 19th century nursing. The most recent project in the CHR is in conjunction with the British Red Cross, and involved the digitisation of 250,000 index cards relating to members of the Voluntary Aid Detachments during the first world war.

Educational and professional qualifications

2007 PhD History of Nursing , Kingston University
2002 MSc History of Science Technology and Medicine , Imperial College/Universty College London
1977 BSc (Hons) Pharmacology , Manchester University

Professional experience (post-1990)

2012- Senior Lecturer, History, Kingston University
2010-2012 Lecturer in History, Kingston University
2008-2011 Oral Historian, Museum Lives Project, Kingston University
2007-2010 Researcher, Historic Hospital Admission Records Project, Kingston University
2003-2007 Doctoral student, Kingston University


I currently teach on first year Historians' Craft, and two second year undergraduate modules: Railway Age to TV Age: a social history of Britain between 1850 and 1950; and a linked skills module (for which I am module leader), Extended Essay: Researching and Writing History. At Masters level I am module leader for Doing History, a skills module for masters history students. I also supervise dissertation students at both 3rd year and Masters level, and have two PhD students.

Research supervision

I am supervising two PhD students. One is studying part-time, working on the development of the cottage hospital movement in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is due to complete in 2018; the other is due to complete in 2016. She is working on the role of the 3rd London Military Hospital at Wandsworth during the First World War and its connections to the art community.

Research areas

History: 19th century children's hospitals
History: Nursing history
History: Oral history of Natural History Museum
History: Women in Science Research Network


Wellcome Trust: Research Resources in Medical History (Several over 5 year period)
Result: Successful
AHRC: Research network in Culture and Science
Result: Successful

Professional activity

I am a member of the Steering Committees for the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery at Manchester University, the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and the Euorpean Association for the History of Nursing. I served on the editorial committee for the Women's History Magazine for four years, reaching the end of my term in March 2014.

Research outputs

Number of items: 10.


Hawkins, Sue and Tanner, Andrea (2016) Food, glorious food : the functions of food in British children's hospitals, 1852-1914. Food and History, ISSN (print) 1780-3187 (In Press)

Hawkins, Sue (2016) 'I must remind you that the nurse is not the doctor ; that she never can be' : gender and hospital nursing in 19th and 20th century England. Historia Hospitalium, 30, ISSN (print) 0440-9043 (In Press)

Jones, Claire G. and Hawkins, Sue (2015) Women and science. Notes & Records of The Royal Society, 69(1), pp. 5-9. ISSN (print) 0035-9149

Jones, C. G. and Hawkins, Sue (2015) Women and science. Royal Society of London. Notes and Records, 69(1), pp. 5-9. ISSN (print) 0035-9149

Hawkins, Susan (2010) From maid to matron: nursing as a route to social advancement in nineteenth-century England. Women's history review, 19(1), pp. 125-143. ISSN (print) 0961-2025

Start, Kath and Hawkins, Sue (2003) HSJ people. One for all. The Health Service Journal, 113(5864), pp. 34-35. ISSN (print) 0952-2271


Hawkins, Susan [Editor] and Sweet, Helen [Editor] (2015) Colonial caring: a history of colonial and post-colonial nursing. Manchester : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719099700

Hawkins, Susan (2010) Nursing and women's labour in the nineteenth century: the quest for independence. Oxford, U.K. : Routledge. 228p. ISBN 9780415551694

Database or Web Resource

Warren, Juliet [Creator] and Hawkins, Sue [Creator] (2015) V.A.D. Indexes Online: Personnel Records of First World War Volunteers.

Hawkins, Susan [Creator], Warren, Juliet [Creator], Tanner, Andrea [Creator] and Stuart, John [Director] (2007) The Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP).

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