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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 Lesley blogs at 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.


  • 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.

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