Erin BramwellPhD student, Associate Lecturer
Rethinking patent medicine culture, Britain 1914-1948
My research applies sensory, spatial, and discourse analysis to the study of patent medicines. The usage of these methodologies aims to uncover the multi-faceted nature of patent medicines' popularity in twentieth-century Britain, which cannot be reduced to ignorance and gullibility. Within this, the voice of the consumer is emphasised, offering rich and unique insights into the numerous different contexts in which patent medicines were encountered in everyday life.
My research engages with:
Oral testimony, diaries, and autobiographies
Photographs of retail spaces
Packaging and its contents
Company magazines intended for staff
Analytical reports from public and private laboratories
ESRC 1+3 award (ongoing)
ESRC Interdisciplinary Event Fund (awarded August 2017)
Dr James Taylor (Lancaster University)
Professor Sally Sheard (Liverpool University)
Dr Timothy Hickman (Lancaster University)
Conferences, workshops, and symposiums
Social Science History Association, 'Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World', Chicago 2016
CHORD, 'Retailing, Distribution and Reputation: Historical Perspectives', University of Wolverhampton 2017
Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities at the School of English, 'Medicine and the Senses', University of Leeds 2017
Patient Voices: Historical and Ethical Engagement with Patient Experiences of Healthcare, 1850-1948, University of Oxford 2017.
Current teaching rolesLancaster University, HIST100: From Ancient to ModernPrevious teaching rolesLancaster University, HIST434: Critical Heritage Studies (postgraduate module), 2016.
Lancaster University, HIST401: Researching and Writing History (postgraduate module), 2016.