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Dr John Welshman

Senior Lecturer

John Welshman

Bowland College

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592651

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Research overview

John Welshman's research interests are at the interface of contemporary history, social policy, and public health. His current work falls into five main areas: · the use of autobiographical material in the writing of history; the history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the period 1972-82, and its links with current policy on child poverty and social exclusion; the history of the concepts of unemployability and worklessness; the history of tuberculosis, medical examination, and migration, in both the UK and Australia; and the history of care in the community since 1948, especially for people with learning disabilities.

PhD supervision

Dr Welshman supervises several doctoral students, and he would welcome enquiries from students interested in any of his areas of research interest:
- the history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the period 1972-82, and its links with current policy on child poverty and social exclusion
- the history of the concepts of unemployability and worklessness
-the history of tuberculosis, medical examination, and migration, in both the UK and Australia
-the history of care in the community since 1948, especially for people with learning disabilities

Research Interests

John Welshman's research interests are at the interface of contemporary history, social policy, and public health. He was a member of the Wellcome Trust's History of Medicine Funding Committee (2006-09), and his current work falls into five main areas: · the use of autobiographical material in the writing of history; the history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the period 1972-82, and its links with current policy on child poverty and social exclusion; the history of the concepts of unemployability and worklessness; the history of tuberculosis, medical examination, and migration, in both the UK and Australia; and the history of care in the community since 1948, especially for people with learning disabilities.

Recent articles have been published in Children & Society (2008 and 2010); Contemporary British History (2009); Economic History Review (2006); the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2006 and 2007); the Journal of Social Policy (2004); the Political Quarterly (2006); Social History of Medicine (2006 and 2012); and Twentieth Century British History (2005 and 2008).

His books include Underclass: A History of the Excluded, 1880-2000 (London and New York, Continuum, 2006), and a volume edited with Jan Walmsley, Community Care in Perspective: Care, Control, and Citizenship (London and New York, Palgrave, 2006). His history of the debate over transmitted deprivation in the 1970s has been published as From Transmitted Deprivation to Social Exclusion: Policy, Poverty, and Parenting (Bristol, Policy Press, 2007, paperback edition 2012). He has published a social history of the evacuation of schoolchildren during the Second World War, Churchill's Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010), and a second trade book, Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012).

His most recent book is a second edition of his 2006 Underclass book, Underclass: A History of the Excluded Since 1880 (London, Bloomsbury, 2013).

Additional Information

Recent and Forthcoming Conference Papers

J Welshman, 'Wardens, Letter Writing, and the Early Welfare State', Conference 'Caring for the Poor in Twentieth Century Britain', Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, 11-12 September 2014

J Welshman, British Sociology Association, Plenary 'Troubled Families': Change and Continuity in Intergenerational Problematizing', University of Leeds, Leeds, 23 April 2014

J Welshman, 'Troubled Families: Discourse, Policy, and Intervention Since 1880', Poverty Alliance Scotland Understanding Poverty Seminar: 'The Generation Game? Family, Poverty and Unemployment', City Halls, Glasgow, 15 October 2013

J Welshman, 'Family Intervention Projects: Discourse, Policy, and Intervention', History & Policy Workshop, Department for Education, London, 26 September 2013

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees and the Second World War', Brindle Historical Society, Brindle, 23 September 2013

J Welshman, 'Departure, Arrival, and Return: Place and the Evacuation', Second World War Dayschool, Lancashire Record Office, Preston, 17 September 2013

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Fleetwood Maritime Museum, Fleetwood, 12 September 2013

J Welshman, 'Troubled Families: Discourse, Policy and Intervention, 1945-2013', Conference 'The Transformation of Urban Britain Since 1945', Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 9-10 July 2013

J Welshman, 'Departure, Arrival, and Return: Place and the Evacuation', Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, Sixth Biennial Conference, Nottingham University, 25-27 June 2013

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Lancaster Medical Society, 8 June 2013

J Welshman, 'Underclass: The History of an Idea, 1880-2013', Lancaster Library, 5 March 2013

J Welshman, 'An Archaeology of Memories: Remembering the Titanic', Archaeology Forum, Lancaster University, 2 March 2013

J Welshman, 'The Last Night of a Small Town: Child Narratives and the Titanic', Dynamics of Memory Seminar, Lancaster University, 7 November 2012

J Welshman, 'Underclass: The History of an Idea, 1880-2012', Department of Communities and Local Government, London, 30 October 2012

J Welshman, 'Underclass: The History of an Idea, 1880-2012', Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey, 27 September 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Belfast Central Library, Belfast, N Ireland, 20 September 2012

J Welshman, 'The Last Night of a Small Town: Titanic Histories', Lancaster Girls Grammar School (Seminar for A Level Students), Lancaster, 18 September 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Tarleton Library, Preston, 17 July 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Carnforth Station and Visitor Centre, 10 July 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Theatre in the Rough, Christ Church, Waterloo, Liverpool, 4 July 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Casterton School, Kirby Lonsdale, 27 June 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Chatsworth Library, 29 May 2012

J Welshman, 'The Last Night of a Small Town: Child Narratives and the Titanic', DOMUS Research Group, Education Building, University of Birmingham, 21 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Springhill National Trust, Moneymore, County Londonderry, N Ireland, 20 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Ballymena, County Antrim, N Ireland, 19 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Southampton West Quay, 17 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Southampton Local History Forum, 17 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Pendle College, Lancaster University, 16 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Bradford Wool Exchange, 12 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Godalming Museum, 11 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Godalming, 11 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Lancaster Central Library, 8 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's, Preston, 6 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's, Bolton, 5 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Maryport Library, 3 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, 2 May 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Lancaster King Street, 29 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Cardiff, 28 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Freckleton Library, 26 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Fleetwood Library, 24 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Harris Library, Preston, 21 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Dublin Central Library, 20 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's Belfast Fountain Street, 20 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', The Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 19 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Keele University, 19 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Bury Grammar School Boys, Bury, 18 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Woodend, Scarborough, 17 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', The London Library, 16 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Liverpool One Bridewell for Waterstone's Liverpool, 14 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Conference on the Titanic Centenary, The National Archives, Kew, London, 14 April 2012 (also podcast)

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Waterstone's West Quay, Southampton, 12 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo, Norway, 10 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Colne Public Library, Colne, Lancashire, 7 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Barrow Library, 3 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Radio Lancashire, 2 April 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford, 29 March 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Bolton Museum and Archive, 22 March 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Fylde College, Lancaster University, 14 March 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', 'Words by the Water' Literary Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 9 March 2012

J Welshman, 'Writing the History of Health and Welfare Using Primary Sources: Britain Since 1850', Centre for North-West Regional Studies Day Conference on Archives, February 2012

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Lancaster University History Society, February 2012

J Welshman, 'Underclass: The History of an Idea, 1880-2012', Lancaster Girls Grammar School, January 2012

J Welshman, 'Disability, Work, and Employment: The British Case, 1960-2000', 'Between the Medical and the Social: Institutions of Chronic Disease and Disability in the Twentieth Century', Paris, December 2011

J Welshman, 'From the Cycle of Deprivation to Social Exclusion: Ethnicity and Poverty', Conference 'Health, Illness, and Ethnicity: Migration, Discrimination, and Social Dislocation', University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland, June 2011

J Welshman, 'Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War', Centre for the History of Medicine, Science, and Technology, Manchester University, April 2011

J Welshman, 'Time, Funding, and Social Science: The British Birth Cohort Surveys of 1946 and 1958', Contemporary British History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London, March 2011

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain', Lancaster City Museum, March 2011

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War', Senior Learners Continuing Learning Group, Lancaster University, December 2010

J Welshman, 'Pawns and Power: Women, the Welfare State, and the Problematisation of Social Behaviour', Social Science History Association Conference, Session 'Welfare, Power, and the Family', Chicago, November 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuation, Poverty, and the Second World War', Centre for North-West Regional Studies Day Conference, 'Always With Us: Aspects of Poverty From the Late Middle Ages to the Mid-Twentieth Century', Lancaster, November 2010

J Welshman, 'Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town', Belfast Titanic Society, Belfast, October 2010

J. Welshman, 'Time, Funding, and Social Science: The British Birth Cohort Surveys of 1946 and 1958', History Department Seminar, Manchester University, September 2010

J Welshman, 'Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War', British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health, Liverpool, September 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees and the Second World War', Casterton School, Kendal, September 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees and the Second World War', Lancaster Public Library, June 2010

J Welshman, 'Evacuation, the Second World War, and the Eye-Witness Account', Dynamics of Memory Seminar, 'War, Poverty, and Memory: Using Oral and Written Testimonies', Lancaster, June 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees and the Second World War', Kendal Public Library, March 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees, Memory, and the Second World War', 'Words by the Water' Literary Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, March 2010

J Welshman, 'Churchill's Children: Evacuees and the Second World War', Lancaster Royal Grammar School, February 2010

J Welshman, 'Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War', Conference on 'Child Health and Welfare in Europe and the United States, 1914-2000', Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, January 2010

J Welshman, 'The History of Dynamic Approaches to Poverty', Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, November 2009

J Welshman, 'The History of Dynamic Approaches to Poverty', The Institute of Historical Research, London, 'Life Cycles' seminar, November 2009

J Welshman, 'The Forgotten Children: Poverty in Working Families', Beatrice Webb Memorial Trust Seminar, Egham, October 2009

J Welshman, 'Rowntree's Life Cycle and Dynamic Approaches to Poverty', Symposium 'Poverty in Depth: New International Perspectives', York, July 2009

J Welshman, 'Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War', University of Oxford, May 2009

J Welshman, 'Inside the Walls of the Hostel', Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Manchester University, May 2009

J Welshman, 'Forgotten Voices: Mothers, Families, and the Welfare State', Workshop on 'Healthcare and the People', Glasgow Caledonian University, January 2009

J Welshman, 'From Training to Social Education: Ideas, Policy, and Care in the Community, 1960-2000', Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Manchester University, June 2008

J Welshman, 'Recuperation and Rehabilitation: The Brentwood Centre for Mothers and Children', Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, N Ireland, May 2008

J Welshman, 'Evacuee: Child, City, and Countryside During the Second World War', CEMORE Research Day, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, May 2008

J Welshman, 'Evacuee: Child, City, and Countryside During the Second World War', Fylde College, Lancaster University, May 2008

J Welshman, 'Recuperation and Rehabilitation: The Brentwood Centre for Mothers and Children', Centre for the Social History of Health and Health Care, Glasgow Caledonian University, March 2008

J Welshman, 'From Training to Social Education: Ideas, Policy, and Care in the Community, 1960-2000', European Social Science History Association Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2008

J. Welshman, 'Inequalities, Hospitals, and Regions: The Resource Allocation Working Party', Seminar on 'Policy Histories and the National Health Service', Manchester University, January 2008

J Welshman, 'Recuperation and Rehabilitation: The Brentwood Centre for Mothers and Children', Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Manchester University, October 2007

J Welshman, 'From Training to Social Education: Ideas, Policy, and Care in the Community, 1960-2000', Conference on 'Children, Disability, and Community Care, 1750-2000', Swansea University, October 2007

J Welshman, 'The Concept of the Unemployable, 1880-1940', History Department, Lancaster University, December 2006

J Welshman, 'From Head Start to Sure Start: Reflections on Policy Transfer, 1970-2000', Conference on 'International Perspectives on Child Health', Stein Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen, Norway, 4-5 December 2006

J Welshman, 'Ideology, Social Science, and Public Policy: The Debate over Transmitted Deprivation', Longview Conference on 'Cycles of Deprivation', St Catherine's College, Oxford, July 2006

J Welshman, 'Inequalities in Health in the UK, 1940-76: The Issue of Resource Allocation', paper for the European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, March 2006

J Welshman, 'Social Science, Housing, and the Debate over Transmitted Deprivation', paper for the American Social Science History Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, November 2005

J Welshman, 'Social Scientists and Civil Servants: The Debate over Transmitted Deprivation', conference 'Health, Heredity, and the Modern Home, 1850-2000', University of Exeter, March 2005

J Welshman, 'Passports, Pestilence, and Pragmatism: The Micro-Politics of Tuberculosis Screening, 1950-65' workshop on 'Tuberculosis, Race, and Migration', London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, January 2005

J Welshman, 'A Trojan Horse: The Concept of the Unemployable', European Thematic Network ITEMS conference, Cimbra, Portugal, December 2004

J Welshman, 'In Search of Social Capital: Historical Perspectives on Behaviour, Culture, and Poverty', Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and Social Science, Lancaster University, Research Workshop on 'Social Capital and its Relevance to Entrepreneurship', November 2004

J Welshman, 'Discussion, Concluding Comments', London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, day conference, ' Healthy Towns, Healthy Cities: Public Health in British Cities, 1844-2004, November 2004

J Welshman, 'Tuberculosis, "Race", and Migration', Conference 'Medicine at the Border', University of Sydney, July 2004; earlier drafts given at Liverpool Medical Institution, February 2004; Birmingham Medical School, November 2003

J Welshman, 'Knights, Knaves, Pawns, and Queens: Attitudes Towards Motivation and Behaviour in Postwar Britain', European Thematic Network ITEMS conference, Granada, Spain, March 2004

J Welshman, 'Policy Speaks to Social Science: Sir Keith Joseph and the Cycle of Deprivation', London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, November 2003

J Welshman, 'Discourses of Poverty: Health and the Reinvention of the Underclass', VI International Conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Oslo, September 2003

J Welshman, 'Inequalities in Resource Allocation, Hospital Provision, and the Early NHS: The Sheffield Regional Hospital Board, 1947-74', Conference on 'Medicine and the Midlands Since 1750', Birmingham, May 2003

J Welshman, 'Discourses of Poverty: Inventing and Re-inventing the Underclass', PHOENIX: European Thematic Network on Health and Social Welfare Systems, Evora, Portugal, September 2002

J Welshman, 'Discourses of Poverty', University College London Symposium on 'Poverty', April 2002

J Welshman, 'Migration, Medicine, and Microbes: Tuberculosis and Ethnicity', International Conference on the History of Tuberculosis, Sheffield, March 2002

Current Teaching

From October 2014, John will be teaching:

HIST250: 'The Nature and Practice of History'

HIST251: 'Research Proposal'

HIST276: 'In Search of the Underclass: Politics and Poverty in Britain 1880-1970'

HIST300: 'Dissertation'

HIST347: 'Private Lives and Public Policy: Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War'

 

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