Dr. Sue Hawkins

Dr Sue Hawkins is a senior lecturer in history in Kingston University’s Centre for the Historical Record. She gained her doctorate on nursing in Victorian London, which investigated the changing nature of nursing and nurses in the late 19th century. This research has led her into wider consideration of the professional roles of women in late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since 2003 she has been involved in the Historic Hospital Admission Records project (HHARP) which has built databases of admissions to children’s hospitals in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and made them available to the general public via a dedicated website. In addition to the history of children’s hospitals and nursing, her research interests include women’s and gender history in the 19th century and the history of healthcare. She is also an experienced oral historian and is a keen adherent of the use of technology-based methodologies in history, such as prosopography. As a member of the Centre for the Historical Record she is interested in breaching barriers between academic historians and the public, and particularly how digital technologies can be harnessed with this goal in mind.


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