Professor of History wins major grant from the Wellcome TrustProfessor Steven King has been awarded a Project Grant of £166,595 over three years for his work on 'Sickness, Poverty and Medical Relief in England, 1750-1851'. The award will fund a research assistant (Ms Alison Stringer), travel expenses, equipment and, in due course, a replacement lecturer. The project will investigate how the Poor Law acted as a provider of medical relief, and the experiences of the sick poor as medical consumers, using the records of six English counties during the Old Poor Law period and the first decades of the New Poor Law. The work will highlight regional differences, the effects of the medical marketplace, the role played by institutions, as well as the definition of sickness amongst the poor. Professor King is Director of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, located within the History Department.
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