Dr Steve Thompson

BA, PhD(Cymru)

Dr Steve Thompson

Senior Lecturer

Institute Director of Welsh Lanaguage & Culture

Department Director of Learning and Teaching

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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.

Teaching

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Steven Thompson teaches modules in modern British and American history, and contributes to a number of core modules and team-taught modules. He teaches on modules from the first year to MA level.

PhD supervision:

Aspects of the history of medicine, the South Wales Coalfield, and the modern history of Wales more generally.

Research

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

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 2pm-3pm
  • Thursday 3pm-4pm

Publications

Disability and the Family in South Wales Coalfield Society, c.1920–1939Curtis, B. & Thompson, S. 2017 In : Family and Community History.20, 1, p. 25-44
‘“This is the country of premature old men”: Ageing and Aged Miners in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1880-1947’Curtis, B. & Thompson, S. 2016 In : Cultural and Social History.12, 4, p. 587-606
‘The Mixed Economy of Care in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1850-1950’Thompson, S. 2015 Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives . Lucey, . D. S. & Crossman, V. (eds.). London: Institute of Historical Research, p. 141-6020 p.
Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune?: Complaints against doctors in workers’ medical schemes in the South Wales CoalfieldThompson, S. 2015 Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine : Historical and Social Science Perspectives. Reinarz, J. & Wynter, R. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 93-10816 p. (Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness)
‘A plentiful crop of cripples made by all this progress’: Disability, Artificial Limbs and Working-Class Mutualism in the South Wales Coalfield, 1890-1948’Thompson, S. & Curtis, B. 2014 In : Social History of Medicine.27, 4, p. 708-72720 p.
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