School of History, Classics and Archaeology

History Research

History Research


Newcastle historians are committed to a distinctively international and interdisciplinary approach to research.

The History research department at Newcastle comprises more than 30 members of staff, a number of distinguished visiting fellows and a growing community of postgraduate researchers. Our researchers have a high profile with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work. The majority of research submitted to the Research Excellent Framework 2014 was officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Research themes

For historians at Newcastle research is located within five overarching research themes:

Institutes, Centres and Groups

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a home to many research institutes, centres and groups, which work within diverse areas of humanities and social sciences.

Research in classics and archaeology 

Find out about the School's research in classics and ancient history and archaeology.

History of Medicine

Our history of medicine research spans prehistoric age to the 21st century.

Our research covers disparate areas from the history of the human body to the history of the medical body corporate, from Asclepiadian medicine to Zootomy, and from the history of human dissection to the history of sterilisation. Our medical historians use a variety of sources ranging from:

  • bone and dental records
  • writings on stone
  • clay tablets
  • papyri and paper

to visual representations as diverse as cave paintings and medical advertisements, plus a full range of audio-material.

History of medicine research expertise

We have an international reputation for our research and teaching in the History of Greek and Roman medicine and its reception in the Medieval and Early Modern periods. Our areas of research expertise include:

  • Hippocrates and Hippocratic medicine; in particular the reception of the Hippocratic Oath and the history of medical ethics
  • Hippocratism in the early modern period
  • the medical ideas of Diocles of Carystus; Aristotle and the Peripatos
  • Galen and Galenism
  • methodism; the history
  • the history of medical historiography
  • communication and dissemination of medical ideas in antiquity
  • the comparative history of medicine in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • history and iconography of melancholy and mental illness
  • genres of medical writing
  • the medical writings of Leibniz
  • colonial medical history