University of Exeter

Centre for Medical History (CMH)

Located in Devon, South West England, The University of Exeter ranks amongst the first 200 top universities in the world. While the University has received the royal charter recently (1955), it has rapidly grown as one of the top research centres in the UK.

The Centre for Medical History (CMH) is part of the university strategy to integrate humanities, hard and social sciences. It was established in 1997 to enhance the reputation of the University of Exeter in the field of medical history, and for the social study of contemporary medical and health-related activities. The CMH brings together scholars from the disciplines of History, English, Sociology, Classics

Psychology, Classics, Complementary Health, Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), College of Medicine and Health and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, all of which are dedicated to advancing methods and areas of research within the history of medicine and medical humanities.

During the past twenty years, the CMH staff has made significant advances in the fields of the history of mental health, fertility, sexual knowledge, medical statistics and the development of institutional care. It has also built close links with medical and healthcare professionals in the region, including the NHS Trusts and General Practices.


College of Humanities, Amory Building,
Rennes Drive – EX44RJ Exeter
Website: CMH 
Telephone: +44 (0)1392 72 32 89
Institute Representative: Jonathan Barry

The University of Exeter has been the first institution to support the creation of the CSMBR and has worked proactively since then to expand our shared goals, including the creation of the series Palgrave Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Medicine (PSMEMM)