Oxford History of Medicine turns 50

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Oxford History of Medicine turns 50

Although Oxford’s History of Medicine began on a small scale in 1972, it now stands as one of the world’s leading programmes in history of medicine for both teaching and research.  Started under the direction of luminaries such as Charles Webster and Margaret Pelling, history of medicine at Oxford now features an array of undergraduate courses, a master’s degree (with the history of science), an outstanding doctoral programme, a range of research fellows and visiting scholars, and a variety of research projects under its three permanent faculty: Mark Harrison, Sloan Mahone, and Erica Charters.  Many former students and fellows may also remember beloved staff members such as Belinda Clark.  With particular strengths in the history of disease, global health, military medicine, and psychiatry, Oxford’s History of Medicine programme continues to train students and host scholars from all over the world.


On 24 & 25 June 2022, we will celebrate 50 years of history of medicine at Oxford.  We invite all former students, researchers, and staff to come join us.  Even if you cannot make it in person to Oxford, please share your experience of history of medicine at Oxford and what you are doing now.

Events will begin at 14:00 (BST) on Friday 24 June at 56 Banbury Road (The Careers Service, across the road from 45-47 Banbury Rd), followed by a BBQ from 17:00 in the gardens behind 45-47 Banbury Road.  Saturday 25 June will have a morning session and lunch at St Anne’s College. 

Cost for in-person attendance (includes Friday BBQ, Saturday lunch, and all other refreshments) is £23. 



There are a range of accommodation options in Oxford; you may want to make use of Oxfordshire’s tourism website or the college room booking service.

If you cannot attend, we would still like to hear from you.  Please contact us at hom@history.ox.ac.uk with any questions, stories, or to be added to our network.