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Caroline Nielsen

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Biography

Caroline specialises in the social and cultural history of medicine, health and disability in Britain, circa 1660-1918. Her research looks at the complex historical relationship between war, medicine, and social welfare institutions, such as workhouses, hospitals, almshouses and asylums.

She also teaches public history and heritage, and works with students to develop their employability skills through participation in research projects and work-informed and work-based learning opportunities.

She joined the History team at Northampton in September 2015. Prior to this, she was the Economic History Society Tawney Research Fellow at the University of London's Institute of Historical Research (IHR).

Research Interests

  • British social and cultural history, c. 1660-1918
  • Social and cultural history of medicine
  • Disability history and historical experience of physical and mental impairment
  • Historical experiences of poverty and the poor
  • Historical experiences of veterans and military personnel, c. 1600-1918
  • Social and cultural history of death and bereavement
  • Public history and heritage education

Caroline also conducts research into student employability and skills development

Funded Research Projects

  • 2018-20: 'Employability in History Programmes: An Evaluation of Staff and Student Perspectives' - Research project funded by the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning. Co-investigator with Dr Andrew Gritt (Nottingham Trent University).
  • 2018-19: 'Employability, Placements and Work-Based Learning in History: Sharing Pedagogic Developments and Best Practice' - Research project funded by the East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning. Co-Investigator.
  • 2017: ‘“Now Walks Like Others”?: Health, Medicine and Disability in Northampton during the First World War. Research project funded by the AHRC and the University of Hertfordshire Everyday Lives in War: First World War Engagement Centre. Working with the Northampton General Hospital Historical Archive.
  • 2015-16: ‘HistoryPin Evaluation’ – evaluation project funded by the University of Hertfordshire Everyday Lives in War: First World War Engagement Centre.
  • 2014-15: - ‘Disabled by the state: the Pensioners of the Chest at Chatham and their communities, 1660-1807' - Research project funded by the Economic History Society Tawney Fellowship.

Teaching Interests

Caroline teaches the following modules:

  • HIS1023 Health and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine (module leader)
  • HIS2003 Research Skills in History (module leader)
  • HIS3032 Death and Bereavement in Britain, 1500-1914 (module leader)
  • EDU2029 Education and Heritage (co-taught module with Dr Toby Purser)
  • HIS045 MA History - Medicine and Healing Through the Ages

 

Caroline coordinates the History degree programmes work-informed and work-based learning programmes. She welcomes enquiries or expressions of interest in these.

External positions

Co-convenor - Institute of Historical Research Public History Seminar Series

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Research Output 2013 2014

Disability, Fraud and Medical Experience at the Royal Hospital of Chelsea in the Long Eighteenth Century

Nielsen, C. L., 2014, Britain's Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society 1715-1815. Linch, K. & McCormack, M. (eds.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 182 201 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Fraud
Chelsea
Cultural Capital
Reward
Anxiety

"Continuing to Serve"?: Representations of the Elderly Veteran Soldier in the late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Nielsen, C. L., 2013, Men After War. Cooper, N. & McVeigh, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 18 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Activities 2014 2019

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Organising a conference or workshop
  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 1 Oral presentation

History and Employability: From Research to Action

Caroline Nielsen (Speaker), Andrew Gritt (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Teaching Employability in History Degree Programmes: Developing and Sharing Best Practice

Caroline Nielsen (Organiser)
20182019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopTeaching

'"He Had No Means of Getting To Towne": Long-Distance Travel, Discharged Soldiers and Charitable Administration, c. 1682-1790

Caroline Nielsen (Speaker)
Nov 2016 → …

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

War, Society and Culture 1688-1830

Caroline Nielsen (Participant)
Jul 2015 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch

Identity, Fraud and Economic History: New Approaches

Caroline Nielsen (Organiser)
1 Sep 201530 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch

Worn Out by War: Disabled Soldiers and their Pensions

Caroline Nielsen (Speaker)
Dec 2015 → …

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Invited Speaker at the 'Early Modern Military-Medical Complex: Military Medicine, Society and the State' conference

Caroline Nielsen (Speaker)
Nov 2014 → …

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch