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Dr Rosemary Cresswell

Biography Rosemary Cresswell (formerly Wall) is currently writing the history of the British Red Cross, and is working on a variety of related projects on the history of war, health and humanitarianism.

Rosemary studied Economic and Social History as an undergraduate and History of Science, Technology and Medicine at postgraduate level. She held postdoctoral research roles at the University of Oxford and at King’s College London, before undertaking a temporary lectureship at Imperial College London, joining the University of Hull in September 2012.
Research Interests Rosemary Cresswell is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to research the history of first aid in Britain and France, 1909-89 - see

A new short project, funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Bursary, investigates the role of Oxfam in reporting on health conditions in wars since the 1940s.

Rosemary is collaborating with investigators at Flinders University, Australia, and the University of Stirling for the project, 'Resilient Humanitarianism: A History of The League of Red Cross Societies, 1919-1991', funded by the Australian Research Council.

Rosemary has previously written and published on the history of infectious diseases, medico-legal history, and colonial nursing.
Teaching and Learning I am currently on research leave but have contributed to a wide variety of modules relating to global history, the history of war, heritage and public history, history of medicine and science, and animals, for example.


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