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School of History

Laura Gray Blair

Laura Gray



I hold a BA in English from Queen Mary, University of London and an MA in the History of the Book from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. I am currently undertaking PhD research funded by the Wellcome Trust, examining the use of reading and writing in the therapeutic regimes of nineteenth-century lunatic asylums. More broadly, my research interests lie in the intersection between the histories of print culture and medicine.

I have taught on QMUL undergraduate History modules including HST5314 Madness and Medicine, HST4625 Controversies of Science and Technology, HST4321 Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801, HST5227 The Buildings of London I, and HST4606 A Visual History of London.

Alongside my academic work, I maintain a career in the heritage sector. I work in several London museums and galleries, primarily in museum education and public engagement.


Research Interests:

My research interests include:
- The history of science, technology and medicine
- Disability in the eighteenth to twentieth centuries
- Print culture, literacy and reading practices
- Library history
- Heritage institutions and their practices of collection and dispersal

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