A social history of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children is the story of life in Glasgow and the west of Scotland – traced from the determination of concerned medical men to provide a hospital specifically for children 150 years ago through to the controversial closure, in 2015, of the stand-alone provision that resulted from those Victorian concerns.
This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will engage with discourses regarding the formation and make-up of the ‘traditional’ family, and will explore the history of working-class courtship, marriage and marriage breakdown in Scotland in the period from the civil registration of marriages in 1855 to the introduction of no-fault divorce legislation in 1976. The project aims to establish the structure and form of the working-class family over time; to identify the basis of selection of choice of marriage partner; to examine the nature of the relationship between husbands and wives and to establish the pattern, causes and consequences of marriage breakdown.
The current economic crisis has emphasised the importance of developing a long term perspective on institutional change in order to understand and respond to current and future challenges in the global economic system.
This project will assess the development of international financial regulation by contrasting studies of institutional decision-making in three international financial centres - New York, London and Hong Kong - in the late 20th century (from 1961-1982) as the market and regulators responded to a series of challenges and at the same time embarked on a process of liberalisation.
Subject to regular bouts of 'pageant fever', from 1905 onwards communities across England, Scotland and Wales staged theatrical re-enactments of events from local and national history that involved large sections of the population as performers, organizers and spectators. Over the course of the twentieth century many hundreds of events were mounted by communities and institutions, ranging from small churches and village communities to large cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Though less popular now, this is a phenomenon that still continues. Research into pageants provides a vista onto the ways people across the UK have understood and engaged with the past, and affords new insights into the role played by popular historical narratives in the formation of local and national identities. Funded by the AHRC, researchers based in several UK universities are exploring this movement, including at the University of Glasgow where in depth study of Scottish historical pageants is being undertaken for the first time.
Conducting life history interviews with British polio survivors to explore the social, cultural and psycho-emotional effects of the disease for the individual, family and communities across their lives.