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The research team is based at the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.

It is directed by Professor Joanna Bourke and co-founders are Dr Carmen Mangion and Dr Louise Hide.


Our advisory board includes senior academics, clinicians and health service strategists.



Coloured etching, 1835, after J. Gillray, 1799.



Out this month...

The Story of Pain
Joanna Bourke, The Story of Pain. From Prayer to Painkillers (Oxford University Press, June 2014). Read more.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Etching in the crayon manner by
W. Herbert, c. 1770, after C. Le Brun.