School of History


Dr Claire L. Jones is Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent. Claire completed her PhD in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds in collaboration with the Thackray Medical Museum in 2010, before returning in 2012 to become the new Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Leeds. Her former roles includes Learning and Access Officer at the Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester and Research Associate at King's College London. She is visiting fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, and the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science and the University of Leeds.

Her research centres on the cultural, economic and social history of medicine and health in Britain post 1750, with particular emphases on the relationship between medicine and commerce, and ways in which this relationship affects professional social structures, consumption and material culture. She has published numerous articles on this topic and her first monograph on the development of the British surgical instrument industry titled The Medical Trade Catalogue in Britain, 1870-1914 was published in 2013 by Pickering & Chatto. Her recent edited collection on prosthetic technologies titled Rethinking Modern Protheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939 was published in 2017 by Manchester University Press. Her current book project explores the commercialisation of contraceptives in Britain from the late nineteenth century.

She has held grants as both Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator from the Academy of Medical Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Scientific Instrument Society, and the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. She has also developed public engagement projects with a number of non-academic partners, including Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds Museums and Galleries, and the Florence Nightingale Museum. Claire welcomes enquiries from prospective research students interested in the history of medicine post-1750, particularly those whose interests lie in medical technologies, consumption and material culture.

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Room N3.N3
Rutherford College
University of Kent

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Jones, C. et al. (2018). Personalities, Preferences and Practicalities: Educating Nurses in Wound Sepsis in the British Hospital, 1870 – 1920. Social History of Medicine [Online] 31:577-604. Available at:
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Jones, C. (2017). Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures: An Introduction. in: Jones, C. ed. Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939. Manchester University Press. Available at:
Jones, C. (2017). Surgical Instruments, History and Historiography. in: Schlich, T. ed. The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery. Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
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