Professor Barry Doyle
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Professor Barry Doyle studied for both his BA and PhD at the University of East Anglia. He held teaching posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Durham and Edinburgh before moving to the University of Teesside where he was lecturer and Reader in History and subsequently Assistant Dean Research in the School of Social Sciences and Law. He moved to Huddersfield as Head of History, English, Languages and Media in 2008 and since 2013 has been Professor of Health History.
His teaching and research interests cover the political, social and economic history of urban Britain in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has a particular interest in the development of health care systems before welfare states in both the UK and Europe. He was closely involved in developing a project to archive the British Steel Teesside Collection which received over £400,000 in grants, while his health care research has received significant support from the Wellcome Trust.
Barry is Director of the Centre for the History of Public Health and Medicine.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
He is Chair of the Publications Committee of the Economic History Society.
He is a member of the Peer Review Colleges for both the AHRC and the ESRC.
He is series editor for New Approaches to Economic and Social History (Cambridge University Press) and People, Markets, Goods (Boydell and Brewer)
He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Royal Historical Society's Studies in History Series.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Social History of Medicine.
Research and Scholarship
Barry Doyles research is concentrated in three areas: early twentieth century urban history, especially urban politics; the history of hospitals before the NHS; and the development of European welfare states. He has published extensively on middle-class politics and culture both in a local and national context, including articles in Historical Journal, English Historical Review and Historical Research. He has just completed a project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, examining the politics and finance of hospital provision in Yorkshire prior to the NHS. In addition to articles in Medical History and Social History of Medicine he has recently completed a book for Chatto and Pickerings Social History of Medicine Series entitled The Politics of Hospital Provision in Early Twentieth Century Britain (2014).
Current and Future Projects
Hospitals in Urban France before 1950. This project is currently focused on Lille but will be expanded to include other industrial cities such as Toulouse, Nantes and Rouen. It examines the development of the hospital system in the cities of industrial France identifying issues of finance and control in a comparative context.
Health Care Systems before Welfare States. This collaborative project is drawing together information on health provision, especially hospitals, across Europe in the century before the establishment of welfare states.
Conservative Constituency Politics in the Great War. Based on the records of Conservative MP. Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, this project will consider how a constituency organization was maintained during the Great War in rural Huntingdon and how Conservatives managed to utilize the War to restore their electoral position and reputation.
Insights into the development of these projects are posted in CHPHMblog http://bmdoyleblog.wordpress.com
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Doyle, B (2016) ‘La prise en charge médicale des victimes daccidents industriels, sa gestion et son financement en Angleterre, 1860-1914 [Managing, funding and caring for industrial accidents in late nineteenth century England]’. In: Risques et accidents industriels (fin XVIIe - fin XIXe siècle). Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. pp. 207-226. ISBN 978-2-75354999-9
Doyle, B (2016) ‘Healthcare before Welfare States: Hospitals in Early Twentieth Century England and France’ Canadian Bulletin of Medical History , 33 (1), pp. 174-204. ISSN 0823-2105
Doyle, B (2014) The Politics of Hospital Provision in Early Twentieth Century Britain . Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine. London: Pickering and Chatto. ISBN 9781848934337
Doyle, B. and Hayes, N. (2013) ‘Eggs, rags and whist drives: popular munificence and the development of provincial medical voluntarism between the wars’ Historical Research , 86 (234), pp. 712-740. ISSN 1468-2281
Doyle, B (2012) ‘The economics, culture and politics of hospital contributory schemes: The case of inter war Leeds’ Labour History Review , 77 (3), pp. 289-315. ISSN 0961-5652
Doyle, B (2012) ‘A Crisis of Urban Conservatism? Politics and Organisation in Edwardian Norwich’ Parliamentary History , 31 (3), pp. 396-418. ISSN 0264-2824
Doyle, B. and McElligott, A. (2011) ‘The Rise and Fall of European Municipal Power since 1800’ International Journal of Regional and Local Studies , 7 (1 & 2), pp. 8-35. ISSN 1750-0478
Doyle, B (2010) ‘Labour and hospitals in three Yorkshire towns: Middlesbrough, Leeds, Sheffield, 1919-1938’ Social History of Medicine , 23 (2), pp. 374-392. ISSN 0951-631X
Doyle, B (2010) ‘Managing and contesting industrial pollution in Middlesbrough, 1880-1940’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 47 (1), pp. 135-154. ISSN 0078-172X
Doyle, B (2009) ‘A Decade of Urban History: The Historical Urban Studies Series’ Urban history , 36 (3), pp. 498-512. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (2008) ‘The rank and file and the Liberal government 'crisis' of 1912: a note’ Journal of Liberal History (59).
Doyle, B (2007) ‘Corus Men of Steel’. In: Middlesbrough and Teesside Memories. Halifax: True North Books Ltd. . ISBN 9781903204979
Doyle, B (2007) ‘Introduction: Urban Politics and Space in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Regional Perspectives’. In: Urban Politics and Space in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Regional Perspectives. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 1-29. ISBN 9781847182920
Doyle, B (2007) ‘Rehabilitating the retailer: Shopkeepers in urban government 1900-1950’. In: In Control of the City: Local Elites and the Dynamics of Urban Politics, 1800-1960. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. pp. 41-52. ISBN 9789042919419
Doyle, B (2007) ‘Competition and Cooperation in Hospital Provision in Middlesbrough, 1918-48’ Medical History , 51 (3), pp. 337-356. ISSN 0025-7273
Doyle, B (2007) ‘Power and Accountability in the Voluntary Hospitals of Middlesbrough, 1900-1948’. In: Medicine, Charity and Mutual Aid: The Consumption of Health and Welfare, c.1550-1950. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 207-224. ISBN 9780754651482
Doyle, B (2005) ‘More than a dance hall, more a way of life: Northern Soul, masculinity and working Class culture in 1970s Britain’. In: Between Marx and Coca-Cola. Youth Cultures in Changing European Societies, 1960-1980. Oxford: Berghahn Books. pp. 313-327. ISBN 9781845453336
Doyle, B (2005) ‘Book Review: Ideology, Discourse, and Locality: New Histories of Urban Public Health’ Journal of Urban History , 31 (2), pp. 241-248. ISSN 0096-1442
Doyle, B (2004) ‘Sir George White M.P., 1840-1912’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. .
Doyle, B (2004) ‘Politics, 1830-1945’. In: Norwich since 1550. London: Hambledon & London. pp. 343-360. ISBN 9781852854508
Doyle, B (2003) ‘Broadcasting’. In: Reader's Guide to British History. New York: Routledge. . ISBN 1579582427
Doyle, B (2003) ‘The Geography of Cinema Going in Great Britain, 1934-94: A Comment’ Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television , 23 (1), pp. 59-71. ISSN 0143-9685
Doyle, B (2002) A history of hospitals in Middlesbrough . Middlesbrough: South Tees NHS Hospitals Trust. ISBN 0952881489
Doyle, B (2001) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent Theses’ Urban history , 28 (2), pp. 292-302. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (2001) ‘Voluntary hospitals in Edwardian Middlesbrough: A preliminary report’ North East History , 34, pp. 5-34. ISSN 1474-3248
Doyle, B (2001) ‘Voluntary hospital finance in North-east England: the case of North Ormesby Hospital, Middlesbrough, 1900-1947’ Cleveland History (80), pp. 5-19. ISSN 0966-0704
Doyle, B (2001) ‘The changing functions of urban government: Councillors, officials and pressure groups, 1835-1950’. In: The Cambridge Urban History of Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 287-313. ISBN 9780521417075
Doyle, B (2001) ‘Mapping slums in an historic city: representing working class communities in Edwardian Norwich’ Planning Perspectives , 16 (1), pp. 47-65. ISSN 0266-5433
Doyle, B (2000) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent Theses’ Urban history , 27 (2), pp. 283-291. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1999) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent Theses’ Urban history , 26 (2), pp. 273-288. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1999) ‘McKenna, Reginald’. In: The Dictionary of Liberal Biography. London: Methuen. . ISBN 9781902301099
Doyle, B (1998) ‘Modernity or morality? George White, Liberalism and the Nonconformist Conscience in Edwardian England’ Historical Research , 71 (176), pp. 324-340. ISSN 0951-3471
Doyle, B (1998) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent Theses’ Urban history , 25 (2), pp. 244-257. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1998) ‘H.G. Wells Time Machine then and now’ London Magazine . ISSN 0024-6085
Doyle, B (1998) ‘Return of the Super-Cinema’ History today , 48 (2), pp. 2-5. ISSN 0018-2753
Doyle, B (1998) ‘A conflict of interests? The local and national dimensions of middle class Liberalism, 1900-1935’ Parliamentary History , 17 (1), pp. 131-140. ISSN 0264-2824
Doyle, B (1998) ‘The only fair policy to adopt: Responses to manpower problems and conscription within the Norwich business community, 1914-15’ Journal of regional and local studies , 18 (1), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0265-7325
Doyle, B (1997) ‘The development of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, 1896-1930’ Norfolk Archaeology , 42 (4), pp. 468-480. ISSN 0142-7962
Doyle, B (1997) ‘Religion, politics and remembrance: A free church community and its Great War dead’. In: War and Memory in the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Berg Publishers. pp. 223-238. ISBN 9781859731994
Doyle, B (1997) ‘Research in urban history: a review of recent theses’ Urban history , 24 (2), pp. 242-255. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1997) ‘The structure of elite power in the early twentieth century city: Norwich 1900-1935’ Urban history , 24 (2), pp. 179-199. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1996) ‘Temperance and modernity: The impact of local experience on rank and file Liberal attitudes to alcohol’ The Journal of Regional and Local Studies , 16 (2), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0265-7325
Doyle, B (1996) ‘Education and the Liberal rank and file in Edwardian England: The case of Sir George White’ Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter (12), pp. 7-9. ISSN 1479-9642
Doyle, B (1996) ‘New Labour, old New Liberalism?’ History today , 46 (7), pp. 5-8. ISSN 0018-2753
Doyle, B (1996) ‘"Through the windows of a Baptist Meeting House": Religion, politics and the Nonconformist Conscience in the life of Sir George White, M.P.’ Baptist Quarterly , XXXVI (6). ISSN 0005-576X
Doyle, B (1995) ‘'Urban Liberalism and the "Lost Generation": Politics and middle-class culture in Norwich, 1900-1935'’ Historical Journal , 38 (3), pp. 617-634. ISSN 0018-246X
Doyle, B (1995) ‘Conference Report: The Urban History Group, Edinburgh, 30/31 March 1995’ Urban history , 22 (2), pp. 272-275. ISSN 0963-9268
Doyle, B (1995) ‘Class, Gender and Congregational Culture in Early Twentieth Century Norwich’ Journal of the United Reformed Church Historical Society , 5 (6), pp. 317-335. ISSN 0049-5433
Doyle, B (1994) ‘'Who paid the price of patriotism? The funding of Charles Stanton during the Merthyr Boroughs by-election of 1915'’ English Historical Review , CIX (434), pp. 1215-1222. ISSN 0013-8266
Doyle, B (1994) ‘'Business, Liberalism and dissent in Norwich, 1900-1930'’ Baptist Quarterly , XXXV (5). ISSN 0005- 576X
Doyle, B (1990) ‘Parks and gardens in the nineteenth century’. In: Gardens in Norfolk, 1550-1900. Norwich: University of East Anglia Centre of East Anglian Studies. pp. 40-50. ISBN 9780906219287
Doyle, B (1990) ‘The kitchen garden in Norfolk’. In: Gardens in Norfolk, 1550-1900. Norwich: University of East Anglia Centre of East Anglian Studies. pp. 51-61. ISBN 9780906219287
Research Degree Supervision
Barry would be interested in supervising students in the areas of urban politics, hospital provision and aspects of late nineteenth and twentieth century local and regional history.
Specific projects suitable especially for MA by Research include:
- Urban elites and city governance in Leeds/Sheffield/Huddersfield or other towns/cities 1900-40.
- Hospital provision and politics before the NHS in a specific urban area (students own choice) with particular reference to voluntary/municipal integration.
- Gender and healthcare in an urban setting 1880-1950.
William Pulteney Alison: Activist philanthropist and pioneer of social medicine PhD
Gentry politics in North Yorkshire, 1918-1951 PhD
Cricket, Competition and the Amateur Ethos: Surrey and the Home Counties, 1870-1970'. PhD
The management of the poor with particular reference to the undeserving poor of Huddersfield between 1834 -1884 PhD (second supervisor)
Cinema before the talkies in Leicester and County Durham PhD by Completed Work
Class and Voluntarism between 1930 and 1957: 608 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force MPhil
Early cricket in Halifax MA by Research
Director of Studies
Myth-making and British national identity in the twentieth century, PhD
Middlesbroughs Steel Magnates, 1840-1930. AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award.
Mental health services within the poor law in Yorkshire, 1880-1929 AHRC CDA with Thackray Museum,
Mental health of the British in India, 1858-1947