Dr Graham Smith

Research interests

As an oral historian, I have worked in a number of different research areas including:

  • community history (1984 - 1996)
  • history and sociology of health and medicine (1998 – 2005; 2006 – 2009; 2009 - 2011)
  • ethnicity and migration (1996 – 1998; 2006 – 2007)
  • history of the family and social mobility (and food (2006 – 2008)
  • oral history of reading (2014 – 2017)

My overall interest is in how memory operates in small social groups.


Consultation and Feedback Hours (Autumn 2016)

Mondays 10:00-11:00
Tuesdays 12:00-13:00


I currently coordinate the final year core module in Historiography (HS3106) and I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • HS1002 History and Meanings
  • HS1005 Public History
  • HS2300/1 Independent Essay (Topic: Poverty, Inequality and Welfarein Twentieth Century Britain)
  • HS2235 From Blood and Guts to the Worried well: Medicine in Modern Britain
  • HS3106 Historiography (with particular reference to Alessandro Portelli's contribution to oral history
  • HS3374/5 Talking Cures and Troubles: The Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, c.1948-2000

Postgraduate Taught

Director of the MA in Public History and I teach The Voice of the Public: Oral History in Public History (HS5462) as part of that taught postgraduate programme.

Areas of PhD Supervision

I'm interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:

  • Oral history
  • Oral history and public history
  • Oral history and medicine
  • The recent history of primary care


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (41044) with an interest in e-learning, skills based learning and assessment types.


Chair of the Oral History Society.

Other work

Elected member of the College's Academic Board (Senate)

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