Dr Steve Thompson

BA, PhD(Cymru)

Dr Steve Thompson

Institute Director of Welsh Lanaguage & Culture

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Dr Steven Thompson BA, Ph.D (Wales) is a historian of the modern period with specific interest in the history of Wales and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include the history of medicine, the provision of welfare, and labour history. His current research is focused on the mixed economy of medical and welfare provision in south Wales from c.1780 to 1950. He also has research interests in the history of carnival, music and musical culture in Wales, and the history of sport.


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Steven Thompson is interested in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Wales and Britain and has specific research interests in the history of health and medicine, the provision of social welfare, women and gender, and the labour movement. All of these interests come together in the large-scale research project in which he is currently engaged. This project focuses on the mixed economy of medical and welfare services in industrial south Wales from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It aims to evaluate the provision made by public authorities, voluntary and philanthropic organisations, self-help and mutualist organisations, employers, and families and neighbourhood networks.

He also has research interests in the folk-song revivals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is keen to pursue a comparative approach to the English and Welsh revivals. Other areas of interest include the history of carnival in urban south Wales in the twentieth century, housing and building societies in Wales, and the history of sport.

He was a Co-Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948 (www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk) and, as convenor of the south Wales strand of the project, has organised a public lecture, a disability history roadshow and a professionals' workshop, and is co-authoring a number of scholarly articles.

He has been editor of Llafur, Welsh People's History Society Journal since 2008. More information about the Society and the journal can be found at www.llafur.org.

Twitter: @SThompsonAber

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Curtis, B., Thompson, S. 2017. Disability and the Family in South Wales Coalfield Society, c.1920–1939. Family and Community History 20 (1) pp. 25-44. 10.1080/14631180.2017.1316030 Cadair


Curtis, B., Thompson, S. 2016. ‘“This is the country of premature old men”: Ageing and Aged Miners in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1880-1947’. Cultural and Social History 12 (4) pp. 587-606. 10.1080/14780038.2015.1088682 Cadair


Thompson, S. 2015. ‘The Mixed Economy of Care in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1850-1950’. In D. S. Lucey., V. Crossman. (eds) Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives . Institute of Historical Research, London pp. 141-60. Cadair

Thompson, S. 2015. Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune?: Complaints against doctors in workers’ medical schemes in the South Wales Coalfield. In J. Reinarz., R. Wynter. (eds) Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine : Historical and Social Science Perspectives. Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness Taylor & Francis, London pp. 93-108. Cadair


Thompson, S., Curtis, B. 2014. ‘A plentiful crop of cripples made by all this progress’: Disability, Artificial Limbs and Working-Class Mutualism in the South Wales Coalfield, 1890-1948’. Social History of Medicine 27 (4) pp. 708-727. 10.1093/shm/hku009 Other Cadair


Thompson, S.D. 2012. The mixed economy of child welfare and care in industrial South Wales. In A. Borsay., P. Dale. (eds) Disabled Children: Contested Caring, c.1850-1979. Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine Pickering & Chatto pp. 43-57. Cadair

Thompson, S.D. 2012. The Friendly and Welfare Provision of British Trade Unions: A Case Study of the South Wales Miners' Federation. Labour History Review 77 (2) pp. 189-210. 10.3828/lhr.2012.12 Cadair


Thompson, S.D. 2011. Varieties of Voluntarism in the South Wales Coalfield, 1880-1948. In C. Rochester., G. C. Gosling., A. Penn., M. Zimmeck. (eds) Understanding the Roots of Voluntary Action: Historical Perspectives on Current Social Policy. Sussex Academic Press pp. 82-94. Other Cadair


Thompson, S.D. 2009. 'Brodyr trwyadl mewn tywydd garw': Welfare provision and the social centrality of the South Wales Miners' Federation. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 24 (4) pp. 141-167. Other Cadair


Thompson, S. 2008. The Bicycling Craze of the 1890s in Wales. Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion | Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 14 pp. 114-126. Cadair


Thompson, S.D. 2006. Unemployment, Poverty and Women's Health in Inter-War South Wales. In P. Michael., C. Webster. (eds) Health and Society in Twentieth-Century Wales. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff pp. 98-122. Cadair

Thompson, S. 2006. Unemployment, Poverty and Health in Interwar South Wales. Studies in Welsh History, no. Book 25 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press Cadair Other


Thompson, S. 2004. ‘Conservative bloom on socialism's compost heap': Working-Class Home Ownership in South Wales, c.1890-1939. In R. R. Davies., G. H. Jenkins. (eds) From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 246-263. Cadair Other


Thompson, S. 2003. A Proletarian Public Sphere: Working-class provision of medical services and care in South Wales, c.1900-1948. In A. Borsay. (ed) Medicine in Wales, c.1800-2000: Public Service or Private Commodity? Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 86-107. Cadair Other

Thompson, S. 2003. To relieve the sufferings of humanity, irrespective of party, politics or creed?: Conflict, consensus and voluntary hospital provision in Edwardian south Wales. Social History of Medicine 16 (2) pp. 247-262. 10.1093/shm/16.2.247 Cadair