Personal statement

I am a Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Strathclyde. Currently, I am Co-Director of the Scottish Oral History Centre. My research interest focus on the social and cultural history of twentieth century housing and gender in post-war Scotland. My work examines the impact of gender, consumerism and class on social relations and wellbeing. I am currently working on a monograph of my thesis research under contract with Edinburgh University Press. I am experienced in oral history, material cultures, visual sources and heritage sector. Since finishing my PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow in 2016, I have worked on heritage projects with Scottish Women’s Aid, National Autistic Society and Glasgow Women’s Library. In 2017, I published a short story as part of collection, Voices from the Belvidere, based on my research into a female surgeon at the Belvidere Fever Hospital, Glasgow in 1918. I have also taught at University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University on Scottish History and Health History. 

I am currently working as a Reserach Associate with Prof Arthur McIvor on a oral history project collecting stories from the Lost Villages of East Ayrshire

I am currently the Convenor of Women’s History Scotland and manage their social media. I am also a member of the Scottish Oral History Centre here at Strathclyde. 

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Area of Expertise

I am modern British historian with an expertise in oral history, material culture, gender and work, domesticity, female suffrage and feminism, and health history


PhD History, University of Glasgow

MSc Social History, University of Glasgow/ University of Strathclyde

MA History (1st Class, Honours)

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I am currently teaching on the following courses:

Level 1 History

Level 2 Disease and Soceity

Level 3/4 Hidden Histories: stories of the marginalisated in 20th century Britain

Level 3/4 Sex, Medicine and Society in Britain and Ireland

Master Gender and Health in 20th Century Britain, Ireland and USA

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Professional Activities

Recounting the Untold Stories of Breast Cancer: Narratives from the Patient, Clinician and Scientist Perspective
Stories from the Lost Villages of East Ayrshire

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Rediscovering Airdrie
MCFADDEN, Yvonne (Principal Investigator) McIvor, Arthur (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2025
The Lost Villages: Deindustrialisation in East Ayrshire
McIvor, Arthur (Principal Investigator) MCFADDEN, Yvonne (Researcher)
Oral history project as part of the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership (East Ayrshire Council) and funded (£143k) by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. See website: https://www.thelostvillages.co.uk
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023

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Email: y.mcfadden@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 8336