• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to receive enquiries from prospective PhD students. I supervise research degrees in the areas of nursing history, medical history and women's history. I have particular knowledge and expertise in wartime nursing, particularly the work of nurses during the First World War; and in the history of medical and nursing practice. I have a strong track-record of supervision, having supported eleven PhD students to successful completion.


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Personal profile


Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Huddersfield, Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing.  She is a trained nurse and health visitor, and holds PhDs in both Nursing and History.  Her main research focus for the last ten years has been on the work of nurses during the First World War.  Among her publications are: Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War Second Edition (Manchester University Press, 2011); Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2014); Nurse Writers of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2016); and Nurses of Passchendaele (Pen and Sword Books, 2017).  Christine edited Routledge's Four-Volume Themes in Health and Social Care: The History of Nursing (London and New York, Routledge, 2015) and is currently one of the editors of the Manchester University Press Nursing History and Humanities monograph series.  She was awarded the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Fellowship by the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and the Barbara Brodie Fellowship by the University of Virginia in 2010. 

Christine has undertaken extensive work as an expert consultant; she has acted as historical adviser to the BBC (2013-14), the Royal College of Nursing (2009-13), the Florence Nightingale Museum (2010) and the National Trust (2014).  In 2018, she was historical consultant to Eldorado Films and Pennsylvania State University, supporting the development and production of a series of films on the First World War funded by the National Cemetery Administration, US Department of Veteran's Affairs.  Christine holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, and the Royal Society for the Arts, UK.

External positions

President, European Association for the History of Nursing

2013 → …

Chair, UK Association for the History of Nursing

1 Sep 2008 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • History of Nursing
  • The First World War
  • Women's History
  • Wartime Nursing

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Emotional Containment

    Hallett, C. E., 15 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Resilience in First World War Medicine. Van Bergen, L. & Vermetten, E. (eds.). Amsterdam: Brill Academic Publishers, 35 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    International Nurses to the Rescue: The role and contribution of the nurses of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War

    Anton-Solanas, I., Wakefield, A. & Hallett, C., 1 Apr 2019, In : Japan Journal of Nursing Science. 16, 2, p. 103-114 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Professionalism, Patriotism, and Purity of Purpose: Symbolism and Identity in British and Other Allied Nurses’ Uniforms

    Hallett, C. E., Spires, A. & Spires, K., 10 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Cutting a New Pattern: Uniformed Women in the Great War. Hacker, B. & Vining, M. (eds.). Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 32 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The Norwegian Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War (1951–1954): Military Hospital or Humanitarian “Sanctuary?”

    Lockertsen, J. T., Fause, A. & Hallett, C., 1 Sep 2019, In : Nursing History Review. 28, 1, p. 93-126 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    Visions and Revisions: Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Ideals

    Christine Hallett (Keynote speaker)
    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Florence 2020: An International Conference in the History of Nursing

    Christine Hallett (Organiser)
    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...