Dr Susan Hawkins

Position: Lecturer in History
School: Economics, Politics and History
Email: S.E.Hawkins@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 62359
Location: Room Pr-H27, Penrhyn Road


I gained my doctorate in history from Kingston University in 2007, studying nursing in Victorian London, looking particularly at nursing as a form of paid employment for women at a time when more women were looking to enter the labour market. Over the last 7 years I have been involved in the HHARP project on Victorian children's hospitals, building databases of admissions to four such hospitals and making them publicly available via a dedicated website, www.hharp.org. The project has built databases of admissions (in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) to three children's hospitals in London and one in Glasgow. I have now embarked on writing a series of articles which will be based on findings from these databases, comparing the incidence of disease admissions and geographic origin of the patients among other fields of interest. I have recently completed work 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. I am planning several articles derived from the outputs from the project. My research interests include the development of nursing as a scientific profession; women's changing role in English society, particularly in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and the development of health care provision. As a member of the History Departmentís Centre for the Historical Record, I am also very interested in the development of links between archives and academic historians for the benefit for both, and in bridging the divide between academic and public history.

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)

2010 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 teach on first year Historians' Craft, third year Women in Britain and America, and at Masters level on the Archives and History module. I am module leader for the second year module: History Extended Essay; and at Masters level for Digital Historian. I also supervise dissertation students at both 3rd year and Masters level.

Research supervision

I am supervising one PhD student on the development of the cottage hospital movement in England.

Research areas

History: 19th century chidlren's hospitals
History: Nursing history
History: Oral history of Natural History Museum

Professional activity

I am a member of the Steering Committees for the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery at Manchester Uiveristy and the Women's History Network. I also sit on the editorial committee for the Women's History Magazine.

Research outputs

Number of items: 4.


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 (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

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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