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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 researches and teaches public history and employability, 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
  • Graduate employability and careers guidance information

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.

Caroline was previously the AHRC research associate on the BBC collaboration ‘World War One at Home: North East and Cumbria’.

She also coordinated the University of Hertfordshire’s Heritage i-Teams Programme (2015), a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and the Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.

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)
  • HIS4001 and HIS4003 Single Honour and Joint Honours Dissertations (module leader)
  • HIS045 MA History - Medicine and Healing Through the Ages

Previous modules include:

  • EDU2029 Education and Heritage (co-taught module with Dr Toby Purser)
  • HIS1019 Introduction to Heritage

 

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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Projects

Research Output

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/ReportChapter

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

    Nielsen, C. L., 18 May 2013, Men After War. Cooper, N. & McVeigh, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 18-36 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Activities

    • 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

    Worn Out by War: Disabled Soldiers and their Pensions

    Caroline Nielsen (Speaker)

    Dec 2015 → …

    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

    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