Author Archives: Hannah Kershaw

A brief review of Bohemian Rhapsody – or what NOT to watch this LGBT History Month

In a nod to LGBT History Month 2019 Hannah J. Elizabeth thought they’d cast an HIV/queer historian’s eye over the film Bohemian Rhapsody. (Originally this blogpost was written for World AIDS Day 2018).   Firstly, Rami Malek is an excellent … Continue reading

Vaccinating Britain

I finished the manuscript to my new book on vaccination in late 2017. It was the culmination of my work at the Centre on Alex Mold’s Placing the Public in Public Health project. Thankfully, nothing interesting has happened on the … Continue reading

“Injections ‘While You Dance’”

  ‘Injections “while you dance”, Manchester Guardian (8 April 1959), p. 4. An “injections-while-you-dance” scheme is to be operated in Bristol to encourage immunisation among the under 25s’, noted the Manchester Guardian on 8 April 1959. ‘In clubs and halls … Continue reading

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A Birthday Card Competition for the National Survey Health and Development

A Birthday Card Competition for the National Survey of Health and Development The Medical Research Council’s National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) is Britain’s longest running birth cohort study. It has been collecting information about the health and life circumstances of its study members … Continue reading

‘It’s more complicated than that…’ an occasional blog post series

‘It’s more complicated than that…’ is a common academic refrain.  How many times have you watched a TV programme or read a newspaper article that touches on an area you know about and shouted (probably to no-one in particular): ‘but … Continue reading

Remembering the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign

Remembering and thinking critically about the ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign An ‘It’s more complicated than that’ blog post In 1986 the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) launched the AIDS-education campaign, ‘Don’t aid AIDS’, often recollected as the … Continue reading

Vaccinations – ‘It’s more complicated than that’

Vaccinations – ‘It’s more complicated than that’ John Oliver tackled vaccination on his HBO series Last Week Tonight British satirist John Oliver tackled vaccination on the 25 June episode of his HBO series Last Week Tonight. There has been a … Continue reading