Northern Centre for the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities

Graham Butler

PhD Student in the History of Medicine
School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University


Dr Graham Butler, completed a PhD in 2013 entitled 'Disease, Medicine and the Urban Poor in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, c.1750-1850' (unpub. PhD diss, Newcastle University, 2013; jointly supervised by Professor Jeremy Boulton and Dr Jonathan Andrews).

Graham was the recipient of a PhD bursary from Newcastle University and also received a Robinson PhD studentship, as well as of funding (2010) from the Roger Schofield Research Fund towards his doctoral research. In May 2010 he was awarded the Professor Norman McCord prize a the paper entitled ‘Popular Diseases and the Working Poor’.

(forthcoming) Publications:

  • G.A, Butler, “It was a fearful plague which devastated the city’: the poor, the parish and the impact of cholera in Newcastle, 1831-32’ in A. Green & B. Crosbie ed., Beyond Coal: The Economy & Culture of North East England, c. 1500- c.1830(Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2012), Forthcoming
  • G.A. Butler,  ‘Death in Eighteenth-Century Newcastle: A Peak at the Bills of Mortality, 1759-1849’, Local Population Studies, in preparation

Esteem Indicators:

  • 2010, elected a trustee of the LPSS Dr Roger Schofield Research Fund, which provides grants to individual researchers whose work furthers the aims of the Local Population Studies Society
  • Member of the executive committee and joint conference co-ordinator along with Professor Nigel Goose (University of Hertfordshire) of the Local Population Studies Society
  • 2012, appointed Secretary of the North East England History Institute 
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