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Rosemary Cresswell is a historian of health, humanitarianism, charity and voluntarism from 1850-2020. She is currently working with the 'Border Crossings: Charity and Voluntarism in Britain’s mixed economy of health care since 1948' project, funded by the Wellcome Trust - https://more.bham.ac.uk/border-crossings/

Rosemary’s first book, Rosemary Wall, Bacteria in Britain, 1880-1939 (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013), investigated the use of bacteriology in hospitals, workplaces and local communities, and her PhD on this topic was funded by the AHRC. She is currently writing the History of the British Red Cross, 1870-2020: Health and Humanitarianism, to be published by Bloomsbury. Rosemary has also published further research related to infectious disease, first aid, the Red Cross, and on the history of nursing.

Recently-funded projects include: 'Crossing Boundaries: The History of First Aid in Britain and France, 1909-1989', supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with Co-Investigator Barry Doyle (2016-2021).

'Oxfam and the History of War, Health and Humanitarianism', funded by the Wellcome Trust (2019-21).

'Resilient Humanitarianism: A History of The League of Red Cross Societies, 1919-1991', funded by the Australian Research Council, and led by Melanie Oppenheimer, Flinders University (2019-23).

‘War, Humanitarianism and the British Red Cross’, University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries Sassoon Visiting Fellowship (2017).

Rosemary has held postdoctoral research roles at the University of Oxford and at King’s College London, a temporary lectureship at Imperial College London, and between 2012 and 2020 was Senior Lecturer in Global History at the University of Hull. Rosemary joined the University of Warwick as a Research Fellow in November 2020 before moving to the University of Strathclyde in July 2021. She has formerly published as Rosemary Wall. Rosemary Cresswell is the Chair of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Chair, Society for the Social History of Medicine

Nov 2018 → …

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