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School of History

Dr Emily Bartlett

Lecturer in Modern British History



I am a cultural historian of health and the body with particular interests in charity, materiality and the everyday. I joined Queen Mary in 2020. Prior to this I worked as a Research Assistant at the Universities of Kent and Birkbeck, University of London, and as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent. I completed my PhD in history at the University of Kent in 2019. I am currently working on a monograph, provisionally titled, 'Objects of Pity: Material Culture, Charity, and Disabled Ex-Servicemen, c.1900-1930'.


Research Interests:

My research is concerned with the ways that everyday activities and objects construct notions of health and the body. I am currently writing a monograph exploring the relationships between charity, objects, and disability in Britain from c.1890-1930, to consider how everyday charitable activities and materialities shaped shifting popular understandings of disability, and disabled ex-servicemen in particular, during this period. I am also developing a new project on objects, health and emotions in nineteenth and twentieth century medical spaces.



‘Re-Assembling Disabled Identities: Employment, Ex-Servicemen and the Poppy Factory’, Journal of Social History, 53.4 (Autumn 2019).