Dr Alannah Tomkins

Title: Professor
Phone: (+44) 01782 733465
Email: a.e.tomkins@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 1.055
Role: Director of Humanities Research
Medical School Liaison
Outreach officer
History UK
Contacting me: email, office hours (see my office door for details)
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I graduated in 1991 from Keele University with a first class, dual honours degree in History and English.  I spent four years at Oxford University, three as a post-graduate student in History at Exeter College and one as an employee of the University.  In 1995 I returned to Keele to take up a post as a Lecturer in History (Professor from 2017).

I am currently researching aspects of the English social history of medicine, including the experiences of doctors who struggled to secure or maintain a professional identity c.1780-1880.  I am also studying working-class autobiographies with particular reference to workhouse life.

 

Selected Publications

  • Tomkins AE. 2013. Workhouse Medical Care from Working-Class Autobiographies, 1750-1834. In Medicine and the Workhouse. Reinarz J and Schwarz L (Eds.). (11 vols.). Boydell & Brewer.
  • Tomkins AE. 2012. Mad Doctors? The significance of medical practitioners admitted as patients to the first English County Asylums up to 1890. History of Psychiatry, vol. 23(4), 437-453. doi> link>
  • Tomkins AE. 2011. Who were his peers? The social and professional milieu of the provincial surgeon-apothecary in the late eighteenth century. Journal of Social History, vol. 44(3), 915-935. doi>
  • TOMKINS AE. 2010. Demography and the midwives: deliveries and their denouements in north Shropshire, 1781-1803. Continuity and Change, vol. 25(2), 199-232. doi>
  • Tomkins A. 2008. 'The excellent example of the working class': Medical welfare, contributory funding and the North Staffordshire Infirmary from 1815. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, vol. 21(1), 13-30. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Lovett L and Tomkins A. 2013. Medical History for Health Professionals. Radcliffe.
  • TOMKINS AE. 2006. The Experience of Urban Poverty, 1723-82: Parish, Charity and Credit. Manchester University Press.
  • TOMKINS AE and King, S. 2003. The Poor in England, 1700-1850. An economy of makeshifts. Manchester University Press.
  • Tomkins AE, Webster M, Walton G, Reynolds J (Eds.). ...and the doctor said... Stories of Health, Illness, and Medicine in North Staffordshire. North Staffordshire Press.

Journal Articles

  • Tomkins AE. 2012. Mad Doctors? The significance of medical practitioners admitted as patients to the first English County Asylums up to 1890. History of Psychiatry, vol. 23(4), 437-453. doi> link>
  • Tomkins AE. 2011. Who were his peers? The social and professional milieu of the provincial surgeon-apothecary in the late eighteenth century. Journal of Social History, vol. 44(3), 915-935. doi>
  • TOMKINS AE. 2010. Demography and the midwives: deliveries and their denouements in north Shropshire, 1781-1803. Continuity and Change, vol. 25(2), 199-232. doi>
  • Tomkins A. 2008. Parish and belonging: Community, identity and welfare in England and Wales, 1700-1950. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 123(502), 771-773. link> doi>
  • Tomkins A. 2008. 'The excellent example of the working class': Medical welfare, contributory funding and the North Staffordshire Infirmary from 1815. SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, vol. 21(1), 13-30. link> doi>
  • Tomkins A. 2005. The decline of life. Old age in eighteenth-century England. SOCIAL HISTORY, vol. 30(4), 530-532. link>
  • TOMKINS AE. 2004. 'Almshouse Versus Workhouse: Residential Welfare in Eighteenth-century Oxford'. Family and Community History, vol. 7(1), 45-58.
  • Tomkins A. 2002. Cathedral almsmen: a new prosopographical project. History and Computing, vol. 12(1), 99-107. doi>
  • Tomkins AE. 2001. Fragility and resilience in a middle-class family: Jeremiah Ginders (1777-1845) and his kin. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 13, 79-108.
  • Tomkins AE. 2000. Staffordshire genealogy and the internet: some new evidence about the Burton brewer, William Bass. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 12, 135-136.
  • Tomkins A. 1999. Paupers and the infirmary in mid-eighteenth-century Shrewsbury. MEDICAL HISTORY, vol. 43(2), 208-227. link> doi>
  • Tomkins AE. 1997. Charity Schools and the Parish Poor in Oxford 1740-1770. Midland History, vol. 22, 51-70.
  • Tomkins AE. 1997. Pauper letters and the case of Ellen Parker, 1818-1828. Women's History Notebooks, vol. 6(2), 2-7.

Chapters

  • Tomkins AE. 2015. Poverty, Kinship Support and the Case of Ellen Parker 1818-1827. In Obligation, Entitlement and Dispute Under the English Poor Laws. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Tomkins AE. 2013. Workhouse Medical Care from Working-Class Autobiographies, 1750-1834. In Medicine and the Workhouse. Reinarz J and Schwarz L (Eds.). (11 vols.). Boydell & Brewer.
  • Tomkins AE. 2012. Labouring on a bed of sickness: the material and rhetorical deployment of ill-health in male pauper letters. In Poverty and Sickness in Modern Europe. Gestrich A, Hurren E, King S (Eds.). London: Continuum.
  • TOMKINS A. 2011. Retirement from the noise and hurry of the world? The experience of almshouse life. In Accommodating Poverty. Sharpe P and McEwan J (Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Tomkins AE, McGrath E, Atherton I. 2007. Pressed down by want and afflicted with poverty, wounded and maimed in war, or worn down with age? Cathedral almsmen in England 1538-1914. In Medicine, Charity and Mutual Aid: the consumption of health and welfare in Britain, 1550-1950. Borsay A and Shapely P (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Tomkins A. 2006. Male Pauper Narratives. In Narratives of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century England. Levene A (Ed.). (vol. 1). Pickering & Chatto.
  • TOMKINS AE. 2005. 'Women and poverty'. In Women's History: Britain, 1700-1850. Barker H and Chalus E (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Tomkins A. 2004. Ellen Parker, volume 42. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HGC and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Tomkins A. 2004. Francis Const, volume 12. In (Ed H.G.C. Matthew and B. Harrison). Matthew HGC and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Tomkins A. 2003. Childbirth, Gynaecology and Family Planning. In British History. Loades D (Ed.). (vol. 1). Taylor and Francis.
  • King S and Tomkins A. 2003. Conclusion. In The Poor in England 1700-1850. An economy of makeshifts. King S and Tomkins A (Eds.). Manchester University Press, Manchester.
  • King S and Tomkins A. 2003. Introduction. In The Poor in England 1700-1850. An economy of makeshifts. King S and Tomkins A (Eds.). Manchester University Press, Manchester.
  • Tomkins A. 2003. Pawnbroking and the survival strategies of the urban poor in 1770s York. In The Poor in England 1700-1850. An economy of makeshifts. King S and Tomkins A (Eds.). Manchester University Press, Manchester.
  • Tomkins AE. 2003. Poverty and Social Control. In Reader's Guide to British History. Loades DM (Ed.).
  • Tomkins AE. Case Notes and Madness. In The Routledge History of Disease. Routledge.
  • HIS-10035 Places and Peoples
  • HIS-20090 Company and Crown
  • HIS-30100 Sickness and Suffering
  • HIS-30101 From Sawbones to Social Hero?
  • HIS-30121 History and Biography