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Nursing, Emotional Labour and the Troubles

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Nursing, Emotional Labour and the Troubles
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Megan Kelly, Associate Lecturer at Open University discusses the emotional labour of nursing during the Troubles.

Health and the Postal Service

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Health and the Postal Service
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Laura Newman (KCL) discusses using post office data to understand health in Northern Irish history and William Orr, a Ballymoney postman who managed to deliver his post despite his blindness.

Midwives in 20th-Century Belfast

Midwifery and Childbirth in Twentieth-Century Belfast

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Midwifery and Childbirth in Twentieth-Century Belfast
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Caitlin Smith, PhD researcher at Ulster University, talks about historical experiences of midwifery and childbirth in 20th-Century Belfast.

Experiencing Diabetes in 20th-Century Northern Ireland

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Experiencing Diabetes in 20th-Century Northern Ireland
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Lauren Young, PhD researcher at QUB, and former UU History Master’s student, explores patient experiences of diabetes in 20th-century Northern Ireland.

Disease and the Industrial Revolution

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Disease and the Industrial Revolution
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about how urbanisation and industrialisation in Belfast worsened the health of its residents over the 19th century.

The Health of Belfast Mill Workers

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The Health of Belfast Mill Workers
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Rebecca Watterson, PhD candidate at Ulster University, talks about the poor health of Belfast linen mill workers when Belfast was known as ‘Linenopolis’.

Cancer in Victorian Belfast

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Cancer in Victorian Belfast
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Eugenie Scott, PhD candidate at Ulster University, discusses her doctoral research into the incidence, treatment, and management of cancer in 19th-century Belfast.

Asylums in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

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Asylums in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast
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Rebecca Watterson, PhD candidate at Ulster University, explores the lives and experience of patients in Belfast asylums during Victorian and Edwardian times.

The Migration of Irish Mental Health Patients to Scottish Asylums

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The Migration of Irish Mental Health Patients to Scottish Asylums
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Michael Kinsella, PhD candidate at Ulster University, discusses his doctoral research into Irish residents in the north of Ireland migrating to Scotland for treatment and care in Scottish asylums during the 19th Century.

Excessive Tea Drinking and Insanity in Late-Victorian Belfast

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Excessive Tea Drinking and Insanity in Late-Victorian Belfast
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about tea addiction and under-nutrition in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast and why contemporaries linked these problems to the onset of ‘insanity’ in working-class women.

Cholera in Victorian Belfast

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Cholera in Victorian Belfast
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Dr Nigel Farrell, Associate Lecturer in history at Ulster University, discusses the horrifying cholera epidemics that occurred in 19th-century Belfast.

Tuberculosis in Victorian Belfast

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Tuberculosis in Victorian Belfast
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Prof Greta Jones discusses her research into the outbreak of tuberculosis in 19th and 20th century Belfast.

Anti-Vaxxers in Victorian Belfast

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Anti-Vaxxers in Victorian Belfast
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, explores why an anti-smallpox vaccination movement emerged in Victorian Belfast.

Clifton House, Disease and Graverobbers in 19th-century Belfast

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Clifton House, Disease and Graverobbers in 19th-century Belfast
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Mark Doherty, tour guide and local historian, discusses the role of Clifton House poor house in protecting the health of its residents and securing its graveyard.

The Templemore Public Baths in East Belfast

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The Templemore Public Baths in East Belfast
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Dr Rhianne Morgan, Queens University Belfast, discusses health, leisure and the Templemore Public Baths in East Belfast.

Belfast, c.1900. ‘The Unhealthiest City in the Kingdom’?

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Belfast, c.1900. ‘The Unhealthiest City in the Kingdom’?
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, discusses why Belfast was considered the unhealthiest city in Britain and Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and the inefficacy of Belfast Corporation in safeguarding the city’s health.

Schools and Health in Edwardian Belfast, and Campbell College as a WW2 Military Hospital

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Schools and Health in Edwardian Belfast, and Campbell College as a WW2 Military Hospital
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Dr Tom Thorpe (independent scholar), talks about the role health and health protection played in Belfast schools during the Edwardian period and how Campbell College Belfast was used as a military hospital during the Second World War.

The Care of Shell-shocked Veterans after the First World War

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The Care of Shell-shocked Veterans after the First World War
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Dr Michael Robinson, Leverhulme Trust Funded Early Career Researcher at the University of Liverpool, discusses his research into the health, treatment and care of shell-shocked Irish veterans returning from the First World War.

The Spanish Flu in Ireland, 1918-19

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The Spanish Flu in Ireland, 1918-19
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Dr Ida Milne, Lecturer at Carlow College, and Dr Patricia Walsh, Curator at the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland, hold a round table discussion on the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza epidemic and its effect in Ireland in the early 20th century.

The Therapeutic Revolution, 1910s to 1960s

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The Therapeutic Revolution, 1910s to 1960s
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about the therapeutic revolution in medicine between the 1910s and 1960s.

Lobotomies in 20th-Century Belfast Asylums

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Lobotomies in 20th-Century Belfast Asylums
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Rebecca Watterson, PhD candidate at Ulster University, discusses psychosurgery in Northern Ireland in the 20th century, and its harmful impacts on mental health patients.

Polio in Belfast

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Polio in Belfast
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Hannah Brown, MA student at Ulster University, interviews polio survivors Jim Bailey and Eddie McCrory from the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship, about their experience living with disability caused by the polio epidemic of the 1950s.

The Thalidomide Tragedy in Belfast

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The Thalidomide Tragedy in Belfast
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Michael Kinsella, PhD researcher at Ulster University, and Hannah Brown, MA student at Ulster University discuss the thalidomide tragedy of the late 1950s and early 1960s and interviews survivor Jacqueline Fleming.

The Troubles, Psychological Trauma and Feminism

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The Troubles, Psychological Trauma and Feminism
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Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about how psychological trauma caused by the Troubles became a campaigning issue for feminist activism and asks whether psychologists at the time responded effectively to the problem.

Injury, Hospital staff and the Troubles

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Injury, Hospital staff and the Troubles
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Dr Ruth Coon (Researcher QUB) and Patrick Garland, a former staff member at the Royal Victoria Hospital, discuss how working life and wellbeing of healthcare workers were affected by the Northern Ireland Troubles.