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Dr Iain Hutchison
PhD awarded by University of Strathclyde in 2004.
Board member: Disability History Association
Reviews Editor: H-Disability
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Scottish Records Association - member
Society for the Social History of Medicine - member
Winner of the UK Association for the History of Nursing 2018 Essay Prize
Research and Teaching Interests
History of disability. I follow the social model and primarily work on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My work encompasses all forms of impairment.
Recent work on the history of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and on the Matrons to Microbes project and on the RNIB Scotland 'Seeing Our History' project on outdoor blind experience in Edwardian Edinburgh, the Borders and the Lothians. Wellcome supported project on the Scottish National Institution; and Scottish Historical Review Trust supported project on emigration from Fair Isle to New Brunswick.
Currently working on an edited collection: Disability and the Victorians.
Feeling Our History: The Experience of Blindness and Sight Loss in Edwardian Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders (Edinburgh: RNIB Scotland, 2015)
Hearing Our History: RNIB research volunteers discuss the experience of blindness and sight loss in Edwardian Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders (Edinburgh: RNIB Scotland, 2015)
Child Health in Scotland: a History of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children (with Malcolm Nicolson and Lawrence Weaver) (Erskine: Scottish History Press, 2016).
‘Poverty, Philanthropy and Paediatric Care: the founding of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children’, Proceedings of the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine 2012-2014, June 2016, pp. 83-97.
‘The Value of a flawed source: The Register of the Missions to Outdoor Blind for Edinburgh, the Borders and the Lothians, c. 1903-10’, Scottish Archives, Vol. 22, pp. 99-117.
‘Personalities, Preferences and Practicalities: Educating Nurses in Wound Sepsis in the British Hospital, 1870-1920’ with Claire Jones, Marguerite Dupree, Susan Gardiner and Anne Marie Rafferty, Social History of Medicine (2018) 31:3, pp. 577-604.
‘Poverty, Philanthropy and Paediatric Care: the founding of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children’, Scottish Society of the History of Medicine, Glasgow. 8 March 2014.
‘“The most efficacious means to diminishing [infantile] mortality” Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 1861-1914’, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Adult Learners’ Week, 20 May 2014.
‘Defining Disability, Danger Underground’, Disability in the Coalfields, Museum of Mining, Newtongrange, 14 June 2014.
‘Scotland and the Rise of the Asylum’, National Mental Health Day, Greenock, 9 October 2014
‘Seeing our History: Living with Sight Loss in Edwardian Edinburgh and the Borders’, STUC Disabled Workers’ Committee - Disability History Month, Glasgow, 11 Dec 2014. With Catriona Burness.
‘Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the rise of professional nursing – and the role of a Strong woman’, Workers Education Association, Kilmarnock, 25 Feb 2015, and Renfrew, 26 Feb 2015.
‘Nurses interviewing nurses: problems and possibilities when a profession records its own history’, Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde, 2 March 2015.
‘Creativity versus Respectability: A contest between blind aspirations and the values of philanthropic interventionists in Victorian and Edwardian Scotland’, Blind Creations International Colloquium on Blindness and the Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London, 28-30 June 2015.
‘The Cost of Infection Control in British Hospitals, c. 1870-1970’, with Dr Claire Jones and Prof Marguerite Dupree, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health ‘Cash and Care: Economics and Values in the History of Medicine and Health, Uniklinik Köln, University of Cologne, 3-5 September 2015.
‘The Journey to the District Asylum: Royal Asylums, Private Madhouses, and Stirling District Asylum’, University of Stirling – paper delivered as part of Staring at the ceiling, looking at the stars exhibition programme, 11 Feb 2016.
‘Life journeys of people with sight loss in Edwardian Edinburgh and the Borders’, public lecture Edinburgh City Libraries and RNIB Scotland, Edinburgh, 18 Mar 2016.
‘White coats, starched aprons, shawlie wimmin and snivelly bairns: The rise and rise of Glasgow’s children’s hospital’, Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland, University of Glasgow, 19 Mar 2016.
‘Case studies of deaf-blind experience in Victorian and Edwardian Edinburgh’, Deaf History Scotland Spring Symposium, Hamilton, 7 May 2016.
‘“Antagonistic ... or fulfilling a desperate need?” – the founding of a children’s Hospital for Glasgow’, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Conversations Group, 25 May 2016.
‘One Last Push: The Final Battle of World War One’, with Disability History Scotland, Disability Research Edinburgh Launch, Edinburgh College of Art, 15 June 2016.
‘Accepted and Rejected: Nineteenth-century elected inmate applications to the Scottish National Institution for the education of Imbecile Children’, University of Huddersfield – Voices of Madness, 15/16 Sep 2016.
‘The Battle for a Children’s Hospital for Glasgow’, University of the Third Age, East Renfrewshire, 21 Sep 2016.
‘Birth-Day’, De Partu Symposium - The Use of Research Resources in Midwifery History, Edinburgh, 14 Oct 2016.
‘Peaks and Troughs: The Records of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow’, Scottish Records Association Conference – Public Healthcare in Scotland before the NHS, Perth, 4 Nov 2016.
‘Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, 1918-1948’, ‘European Healthcare before Welfare States’ Workshop, University of Huddersfield, 17 Feb 2017.
‘More than just illness: the Records of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children’, Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society, 20 Feb 2017.
‘Philanthropy, Patriotism and Paediatric Nursing: Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children through five objects’, Glasgow History of Medicine Group, 21 Mar 2017.
‘Emigration of Clearance? The Fair Isle Evacuation to New Brunswick of 1862’, To the Fair Isle community, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, 6 May 2017
‘Writing Scotland’s air transport history,’ Orkney Aviation Festival, The Orcadian Bookshop, Kirkwall, 14 Sep 2017
‘Flying the country lanes of the sky: 55 years of Loganair, a Scottish survivor,’ The Annual Loganair Lecture – Orkney Aviation Festival keynote speaker, Kirkwall, 16 Sep 2017.
‘The Battle for a Children’s Hospital for Glasgow’, University of the Third Age, Bearsden, 19 Sep 2017
‘The Battle for a Children’s Hospital for Glasgow’, University of the Third Age, Hamilton, 16 Nov 2017
‘Coup de soleil – William Baillie and an eastern (mis)adventure’, ‘Histories of Disability: Local, Global and Colonial Stories’, University of Sheffield, 7/8 June 2018
‘The Battle for a Children’s Hospital for Glasgow’, Paisley Philosophical Institute, 27 Sep 2018
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