Lecturer in History, University of Wolverhampton

George Campbell Gosling is a social, cultural and political historian of modern Britain, primarily using the themes of medicine, charity and welfare to explore wider questions of citizenship and consumerism. His work to date has largely focused on healthcare in Britain before and after the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948. His first monograph explored the complex meanings of payment in the pre-NHS hospital, arguing patient payments found a surprisingly traditional accommodation with the long-established class-bound principles of philanthropy.

More recently he has turned his attention to the meaning of ‘free’ in the NHS, where efforts to demonetise the delivery of and access to medical care can be understood as a moral mission to recast a new distinctly non-transactional form of citizenship. He is also planning research into the history of charity shops in postwar Britain.

He worked as a researcher helping Professor Pat Thane set up a project on the 50-year history of the Child Poverty Action Group, funded by the British Academy, and as one of the postdoctoral research fellows under Professors Roberta Bivins and Mathew Thomson on the Wellcome Trust funded Cultural History of the NHS project at Warwick University. He is now working with Kate Bradley, Sarah Roddy and Kathleen McIlvenna on establishing a network dedicated to bringing the insights of the new economic sociology into social and cultural history.

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