An Historian

historical stuff by Gareth Millward



This is an abridged version of my CV outlining my academic experience. Naturally, the full version is available on request.


My research is concerned mainly with how bureaucratic institutions define and manage health. My current project investigates this through the rhetoric around medical certification in Britain since the second world war, particularly around the “sick note”. This is part of a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellowship.

Previously, I worked on how the concept of “the public” was constructed in post-war British public health policy, with a specific focus on vaccination. This was part of a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award held by Alex Mold at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A monograph from this research is due to be published by Manchester University Press in 2018.

My PhD looked at the British government in the late twentieth century and how it defined and managed the category of “disability”.

In addition, I have completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, investigating the current tests which are used to determine eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance. This has given some contemporary context and policy relevance to my work.


2009 – 2013

PhD – ‘Invalid Definitions, Invalid Responses: Disability and the Welfare State, 1965-1995’

Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Thesis: Full text available through LSHTM Research Online

Supervisor: Martin Gorsky

2008 – 2009

MA – Social History of Medicine

Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick

Thesis: Malingering in the Welfare State 1948-1973: defining and identifying absenteeism and fraud in post-war Britain

Supervisor: Mathew Thomson

2004 – 2007

BA(Hons) History (first class) – University of Warwick

Final Year Modules: Eastern Europe in Crisis – Czechoslovakia and Poland c. 1938-1949 (special subject); Knowledge Nature and Power – history of science c. 1500-1800; Historiography


Seminar papers et al are available here.



Forthcoming: Millward, Gareth. Vaccinating Britain: Mass Vaccination and the Public since the Second World War [working title] (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2018).

Book Chapters


Forthcoming: Millward, Gareth. “A history with web archives, not a history of web archives: A history of the British measles-mumps-rubella vaccine crisis, 1998-2004” in Niels Brügger, Ian Milligan and Megan Ankerson (eds), SAGE Handbook of Web History (Thousand Oaks: SAGE, forthcoming 2018).

Journal Articles


Forthcoming: Gorsky, Martin and Gareth Millward. “Resource Allocation for Equity in the British National Health Service 1948-89: an Advocacy Coalition Analysis of the ‘RAWP'”, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, forthcoming 2017.


OPEN ACCESS: Millward, Gareth. “‘A matter of commonsense’: the Coventry poliomyelitis epidemic 1957 and the British public“, Contemporary British History, early access (2016) (first published 31 October 2016). doi:10.1080/13619462.2016.1247701

OPEN ACCESS: Millward, Gareth. “A Disability Act? The Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 and the British Government’s Response to the Pertussis Vaccine Scare“, Social History of Medicine, early access (2016) (first published online: August 4, 2016). doi:10.1093/shm/hkv140


Millward, Gareth. “Social Security Policy and the Early Disability Movement—Expertise, Disability, and the Government, 1965–77“, Twentieth Century British History 26(2) (2015), 274-297 (first published online October 1, 2014). doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwu048



OPEN ACCESS: Millward, Gareth. Digital barriers and the accessible web: disabled people, information and the internet, Institute of Historical Research (London, 2015).


OPEN ACCESS: Millward, Gareth and Peter Border. Assessing Capacity for Work, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (London, 2012).

I have also written book reviews, including:

Social History of Medicine early access (2016): Bob H. Reinhardt, The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2015). ISBN: 978 1 4696 2409 9

Social History of Medicine 28(3) (2015): 651-652 (first published online May 20, 2015): Emma Newlands, Civilians Into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-45 (Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2014). ISBN: 978 0 7190 8804 9

Voluntary Sector Review 5(2), July 2014: Matthew Hilton, James McKay, Nicholas Crowson, and Jean-François Mouhot. (2013) The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Shaped Modern Britain, Oxford University Press, 336 pp, Hardback: ISBN: 9780199691876, £35.

Voluntary Sector Review 4(3), November 2013: Hilton, M., Crowson, N., Mouhot, J-F. and McKay, J. (2012) A Historical Guide to NGOs in Britain: Charities, Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector since 1945 (London, Palgrave Macmillan), 432pp, hbk, £80.00 ISBN: 9780230304444.

OPEN ACCESS: H-Net 17 October 2012: Molly C Haslam. A Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability: Human Being as Mutuality and Response. New York Fordham University Press, 2011. 144 pp. $24.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8232-3941-2; $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8232-3940-5.


I have three years’ experience teaching MSc students on the LSHTM Masters in Public Health course. I was a seminar leader on the Principles of Social Research module. I lectured and led seminars on the history in health module. I was the acting deputy module organiser for the distance learning module.

In November 2012 I gave a skills session on how to use House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online and other related electronic resources. The booklet I prepared to help the attendees is available here.