NewsHistory academics featured on 'Britain's Most Historic Towns'

Three staff members from Strathclyde History were invited to appear on Britain's Most Historic Towns to talk about their expertise in nineteenth-century history. Professor Richard Finlay, an expert on the history of Scotland was interviewed at the Glasgow Maritime Museum in Irvine about the history of shipbuilding and advances in engineering in Glasgow. He explained how Glasgow emerged as the second city of the empire in the Victorian period.

Dr Martin Mitchell of the History Section said: "One of my areas of research interest is the history of the Irish in Scotland, and the TV production company interviewed me about the Irish who came to Glasgow during the era of industrialisation in the nineteenth century. My section of the programme was recorded in the east end of the city at the home of Celtic FC, which was founded in November 1887 by and for the city's Catholic Irish community."

Dr Laura Kelly, senior lecturer in the history of health and medicine, and co-director of the CSHHH has worked on the history of medical education and the medical profession in the nineteenth century. She says "I was interviewed in the cloisters of Glasgow Uni about medical advances in Glasgow in the nineteenth century, in particular the important role of Joseph Lister who was a pioneer in antiseptic surgery. Professor Alice Roberts and I discussed the introduction of compulsory notification which was also pioneered by a Glasgow medical school graduate, James Burn Russell."

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