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Kingston University London
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nursing, medicine, woman's history, British social history, social history of science, digital humanities, hospitals, children's hospitals
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About Me

Dr Sue Hawkins is a senior lecturer in history at Kingston. She gained her doctorate on nursing in Victorian London in 2010, and teaches 19th and early 20th century British social history. Her current research interests are varied, but focus mainly on topics related to the history of medicine and women’s role in society. She has published on nursing as an emancipating occupation for late Victorian women, the history of women’s involvement in science, the development of early children’s hospitals in the UK and edited a collection on women in magazines. She is also very interested in the use of technology in historical research and is dedicated to opening up historical records to the general public through digitization. She has led a number digitization projects at Kingston including the admissions records for several children’s hospitals, the registers of an early professional group of nurses (the Royal British Nurses Association) and most recently the membership rolls of the British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments during the First World War.

Recent Publications

Sue Hawkins, ‘First World War VAD stories from the British Red Cross archives: The Holmfirth Auxiliary Hospital’ in Journal of War and Culture Studies, Autumn 2018 ( in press)

Sue Hawkins,  ‘I must remind you that the nurse is not the doctor ; that she never can be’ : gender and hospital nursing in 19th and 20th century England. Historia Hospitalium, 30, 2017.

Sue Hawkins and Andrea Tanner, ‘Food, glorious food : the functions of food in British children’s hospitals, 1852-1914’ in Food and History, 14(1) (2016), pp. 107-133.

Sue Hawkins  and Helen Sweet (eds) Colonial caring: a history of colonial and post-colonial nursing. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015).

Claire G Jones and Sue Hawkins, ‘Women and science.’ in Royal Society of London. Notes and Records, 69(1) (2015), pp. 5-9.

Andrea Tanner and Sue Hawkins ‘Myth, Marketing and Medicine: life in British children’s hospitals 1850-1914’ in Arbeu and Sheard (eds) Hospital life: theory and practice from the medieval to the modern (2013)

Sue Hawkins, Nursing and Women’s Labour in the 19th century (2010)



Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Medicine, Women