Portrait of Professor Barry Doyle 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 Doyle’s 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 Pickering’s 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 (2017) ‘English First Aid Organisations and the Provisional IRA Mainland Bombing Campaign of 1974The historian (136). ISSN 0265-1076


Doyle, B (2016) ‘‘La prise en charge médicale des victimes d’accidents 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 FranceCanadian 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 warsHistorical 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 LeedsLabour History Review , 77 (3), pp. 289-315. ISSN 0961-5652

Doyle, B (2012) ‘A Crisis of Urban Conservatism? Politics and Organisation in Edwardian NorwichParliamentary History , 31 (3), pp. 396-418. ISSN 0264-2824


Doyle, B. and McElligott, A. (2011) ‘The Rise and Fall of European Municipal Power since 1800International 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, 1919-1938Social History of Medicine , 23 (2), pp. 374-392. ISSN 0951-631X

Doyle, B (2010) ‘Managing and contesting industrial pollution in Middlesbrough, 1880-1940Northern 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 SeriesUrban history , 36 (3), pp. 498-512. ISSN 0963-9268


Doyle, B (2008) ‘The rank and file and the Liberal government 'crisis' of 1912: a noteJournal 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, 1918-48Medical 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 HealthJournal 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 CommentHistorical 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 ThesesUrban history , 28 (2), pp. 292-302. ISSN 0963-9268

Doyle, B (2001) ‘Voluntary hospitals in Edwardian Middlesbrough: A preliminary reportNorth East History , 34, pp. 5-34. ISSN 1474-3248

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) ‘Voluntary hospital finance in North-east England: the case of North Ormesby Hospital, Middlesbrough, 1900-1947Cleveland History (80), pp. 5-19. ISSN 0966-0704

Doyle, B (2001) ‘Mapping slums in an historic city: representing working class communities in Edwardian NorwichPlanning Perspectives , 16 (1), pp. 47-65. ISSN 0266-5433


Doyle, B (2000) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent ThesesUrban history , 27 (2), pp. 283-291. ISSN 0963-9268


Doyle, B (1999) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent ThesesUrban 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 EnglandHistorical Research , 71 (176), pp. 324-340. ISSN 0951-3471

Doyle, B (1998) ‘Research in Urban History: A review of Recent ThesesUrban history , 25 (2), pp. 244-257. ISSN 0963-9268

Doyle, B (1998) ‘H.G. Wells’ Time Machine then and nowLondon Magazine . ISSN 0024-6085

Doyle, B (1998) ‘Return of the Super-CinemaHistory 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, 1900-1935Parliamentary 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, 1914-15Journal of regional and local studies , 18 (1), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0265-7325


Doyle, B (1997) ‘The development of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, 1896-1930Norfolk 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 thesesUrban history , 24 (2), pp. 242-255. ISSN 0963-9268

Doyle, B (1997) ‘The structure of elite power in the early twentieth century city: Norwich 1900-1935Urban 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 alcoholThe 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 WhiteLiberal 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 1995Urban history , 22 (2), pp. 272-275. ISSN 0963-9268

Doyle, B (1995) ‘Class, Gender and Congregational Culture in Early Twentieth Century NorwichJournal 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) ‘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

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

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 (student’s own choice) with particular reference to voluntary/municipal integration.
  • Gender and healthcare in an urban setting 1880-1950.

Previous students:

‘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


Current students:

Director of Studies

‘Myth-making and British national identity in the twentieth century’, PhD

‘Middlesbrough’s Steel Magnates, 1840-1930’. AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award.

Second Supervisor

 ‘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’