Dr Lesley Hulonce was born in Swansea’s Fairwood Hospital on the same day as Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba. She began her degree on a part-time basis with the Swansea University DACE adult learning scheme.

She then transferred to the History department where Lesley completed her BA, MA and PhD, finishing in 2013. Lesley has had her studies funded by the AHRC and Swansea University.

Lesley loves teaching as she always endeavours to provide research-led learning to her students. She teaches Health Humanities which can be as varied as the NHS, Medieval Enemas and Abortion in War time.

Lesley has recently been appointed Programme Director for MeSH and is developing a new BSc in Applied Health Humanities programme. Lesley is also on the core team developing the exciting new degree of Applied Social Sciences.

She is co-director of the Research Group for Health, History and Culture https://healthhistoryandculturesite.wordpress.com. Lesley blogs at https://lesleyhulonce.wordpress.com and tweets at @LesleyHulonce and @histhealthcult.

In terms of module development, Lesley is part of a new module planned for the 16/17 academic year: Writing Welsh Lives. This will involve students researching the health of men and women who have written working-class autobiographies. The assessment will include writing a blog.

This year Lesley will complete her first monograph: Pauper Children: Poor Law Childhoods in England and Wales, 1834-1910. She will then be applying for British Academy funding for the research of her second book: Prostitution and Welsh Society 1850-1950.


  1. Pauper Children and Poor Law Childhoods in England and Wales 1834-1910.


  • SHF108 Introduction to Personal and Professional Development

    This module provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for personal and professional development for health care providers.

  • SHP108 Introduction to the History of Medicine - Disease, Health and the Body

    This module introduces students to history as an intellectual activity, identifies the principal resources at the historian¿s disposal, and considers some of the theoretical problems that their use generates. It offers an introduction to the history of medicine and traces major themes from Hippocrates to the NHS. It explores the nature of health, disease and the body via investigation of medicine¿s impact on patients, communities, society and illness.

  • SHP151 Introduction to the History of Medicine

    This module offers an introduction to medical history that focuses on the transition from bedside to laboratory medicine since 1500.

  • SHP206 Maximum Efficiency? Medicine and Society c. 1500-2000

    This module explores the relationship between medicine and society in Britain since 1500, drawing on the following case studies: plague, public health, madness, childbirth, industrial rehabilitation, medicine and war, and drug abuse.

  • SHP212 Care, Cure and Control: Medicine and Society 1500-2000

    This module explores the relationship between medicine and society in Britain since 1500, drawing on the themes such as plague, public health and poverty; psychiatry, sexual health and childbirth, and sensory disabilities and industrial rehabilitation. We will interrogate how the intersection of care, cure and control in medical history impacts on both historical and contemporary medical practice.

  • SHP314 Writing Welsh Lives

    This module relates to the whole of BSc (Hons) Medical Science and Humanities by bringing together diverse threads from other modules and offers more transferable skills, therefore giving the students a more coherent experience. Autobiographies are one of the most important resources we have for learning about the health and disabilities and experiences and identities of ordinary ¿ and extraordinary ¿ people in the past. Memoirs have also been one of the most common forms of writing undertaken by working-class authors but many memoirs are never published and few remain in print. Writing Welsh Lives aims to explore Welsh life writing to make some of this literature publicly available and to explore its significance for understanding working-class culture and identity.

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