Labour and its rivals in Bristol: some historical perspective

This recent round of council elections provided plenty of worrying headlines for the Labour Party, including losing my home city of Bristol to No Overall Control. They won the region's metro mayor race against the Tories and saw their incumbent city mayor re-elected, but it was clear something unusual was happening from the fact that …

Art Trails and Charity Statues

My latest blog post for the People’s History of the NHS website looks at the recent development of summer public art trails and charity auctions in towns and cities around the UK. This evening will see an auction in Dundee. Following the summer’s Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, with 55 statues of the iconic Sunday Post comic strip character on display …

Forthcoming 2017

Today I signed a book contract with Pickering and Chatto for their Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine series. I'll now be spending the rest of this year working on the manuscript for my first monograph on the topic of Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-1948. At some point next year, …