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I am a Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust project 'Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948' ( This is a collaborative project which looks at industrial injuries and diseases in three British coalfields - North-East England, South Wales and Scotland - between 1780 and 1948. In 2012 I submitted my PhD thesis at Swansea University entitled ‘Educational Experiences of Deaf Children in Wales: The Cambrian Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, 1847-1914’. webpage

Areas of Expertise

  • disability history
  • deaf history
  • history of special education


  1. Mantin, M., Mantin, M. Philanthropy and Deafness in Wales, 1847–1914 Welsh History Review 27 2 282 309
  2. Mantin, M. The Question of Oralism and the Experiences of Deaf Children, 1880-1914 (Ed.), Disabled Children: Contested Caring, 1850-1979 London Pickering & Chatto

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2015 Research Fellow Swansea University

Research Groups

  • Research Group for Health, History and Culture

    The Research Group for Health, History and Culture seeks to understand these problems by engaging the arts and humanities with healthcare practice. A joint initiative between the College of Human and Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities, the Group brings together researchers who apply the concepts and/or methods of history, literature and the visual arts to the analysis of health and the provision of healthcare.