Miss Holly Marley

Research project: Medical Careers in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office. (Part of Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office, funded by a Wellcome Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science.)

Abstract

The project's purpose is to understand the roles, status, career trajectories and professional contributions of medics employed by the UK's Post Office in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These findings will enable the identification of systematic differences in spatial and temporal patterns of diagnosis, sickness absence and health-related retirement arising from variations in the location and timing of medical training and practice. This will be a significant contribution to the Wellcome-funded Addressing Health project, which intends to transform our understanding of health during the period of the epidemiological transition in the nineteenth century using postal workers' health data.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Medical Careers in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office. (Part of Addressing Health: Morbidity, Mortality and Occupational Health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office, funded by a Wellcome Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science.)
  • Research supervisor: Dr Douglas Brown

Biography

I joined the Addressing Health team to undertake a doctorate on medical careers within the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office. I completed my BA in History and my MSc in Health History at the University of Strathclyde. My previous research has focused on LGBT+ encounters with British healthcare, and patient/practitioner experiences with birth-control. Before joining the Addressing Health team, I completed my MSc Dissertation on the British culture of intrauterine devices, with focus on the Dalkon Shield, a controversial contraceptive device used briefly in the 1970s. Henceforth, my main research will explore the lives, achievements and networks of nineteenth-century medics.

Areas of research interest

  • Healthcare in the nineteenth-century
  • Professional lives of medical officers
  • Health and healthcare in the Post Office
  • Reproductive health and contraception
  • Queer health

Qualifications

  • MSc Health History, University of Strathclyde, Distinction
  • BA Hons, History, University of Strathclyde, First-Class

Funding or awards received

  • Wellcome Collaborative Award