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  Histories of fatal accidents in modern Britain, c.1800-2000

   Institute of Applied Health Research

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  Prof Jonathan Reinarz  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Join a leading historian of medicine exploring an aspect of the history of accidents that links with a recent AHRC-funded project (2016-21) on the history of burns in the UK covering part or all of the 1800-2000 chronological period. Accidents are a relatively under-researched area in the history of medicine. With the digitalisation of newspapers in the UK in recent years, alongside rich hospital records and extensive collections of coroners' records in most British cities, these life-changing events can be researched in order to discover the way in which risks and hazards evolved in the UK and were managed over the last two hundred years. Students may wish to explore a single cause of death, whether drowning, falls, or motor vehicle accidents, or explore the various causes of death in a single city or region and examine the way in which such tragedies shaped individual lives and communities during an age when accident and emergency departments, emergency services and new medical techniques to deal with drowning, fractures and burns, for example, were evolving. Students will be encouraged to research both the medical responses to these accidents, as well as the legislative responses, as well as their discussion and debate in popular culture.

History & Archaeology (19)


Luckin and Cooter, The Accident in History (Rodopi, 1997).

Shane Ewen and Jonathan Reinarz, 'Lessons from a Forgotten Disaster: The Queen Victoria Street Fire, 1902', The London Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2 (2022):

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