Dr Steve Thompson

BA, PhD(Cymru)

Dr Steve Thompson

Senior Lecturer

Department of History & Welsh History

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Dr Steven Thompson BA, Ph.D (Wales) is a historian of the modern period with specific interest in the history of Wales and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include the history of medicine, the provision of welfare, disability history, and labour history.



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Steven Thompson teaches modules in modern British and American history, and contributes to a number of core modules and team-taught modules. He teaches on modules from the first year to MA level.

PhD supervision:

Aspects of the history of medicine, the South Wales Coalfield, and the modern history of Wales more generally.


Steven Thompson is interested in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Wales and Britain and has specific research interests in the history of health and medicine, the provision of social welfare, women and gender, disability, and the labour movement.

He was a Co-Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948 (www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk) and, as convenor of the south Wales strand of the project, has organised a public lecture, a disability history roadshow and a professionals' workshop, and is co-authoring a number of scholarly articles.

He has been editor of Llafur, Welsh People's History Society Journal since 2008. More information about the Society and the journal can be found at www.llafur.org.

Twitter: @SThompsonAber

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 2pm-3pm
  • Thursday 3pm-4pm


Bohata, K, Jones, A, Mantin, M & Thompson, S 2020, Disability in Industrial Britain: A cultural and literary history of impairment in the coal industry, 1880-1948. Disability History, Manchester University Press, Manchester. <https://www.manchesteropenhive.com/view/9781526124326/9781526124326.xml>
Thompson, S 2019, From Paternalism to Industrial Partnership: The Evolution of Industrial Welfare Capitalism in South Wales, c.1840–1939. in L Miskell (ed.), New Perspectives on Welsh Industrial History. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff , pp. 103-125.
Curtis, B & Thompson, S 2017, 'Disability and the Family in South Wales Coalfield Society, c.1920–1939', Family and Community History, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 25-44. 10.1080/14631180.2017.1316030
Curtis, B & Thompson, S 2016, '‘“This is the country of premature old men”: Ageing and Aged Miners in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1880-1947’', Cultural and Social History, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 587-606. 10.1080/14780038.2015.1088682
Thompson, S 2015, Paying the piper and calling the tune? Complaints against doctors in workers’ medical schemes in the South Wales Coalfield. in J Reinarz & R Wynter (eds), Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives. Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 93-108. 10.4324/9781315758923-15
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