Katherine Foxhall grew up in Devon, England, where she benefitted from a state comprehensive education (and a wonderful History teacher). She studied History at the University of Warwick, then specialised in the History of Medicine for her PhD. She has held research and lecturing posts at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester. Currently she works for the Royal Historical Society as Research and Communications Officer.
Katherine’s first book, Health, Medicine and the Sea (Manchester, 2012) was about the health and experiences of ordinary people – convicts and emigrants – who sailed to Australia in the nineteenth century. In 2016 it won the first Harold Langley Book Prize for Excellence in Maritime History.
An expert in medical history, Katherine has written and spoken widely about the maritime experiences of Victorian convicts and emigrants; the histories of vaccination; medical experimentation; quarantine and medical borders; and migraine.
Katherine has appeared as an expert historian for TV and radio in the UK and internationally, from talking about ‘small beer’ for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Questions, Questions’ to discussing bloodletting in AL Kennedy’s radio documentary on migraine.
In 2016 she worked with a national migraine charity to digitise and develop a website for a collection of 600 artworks. As a result of this project, the Migraine Action Art Collection has now been acquired permanently by the Wellcome Library.
Katherine is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and regularly reviews for academic journals and funders. From 2010-2016 she was a committee member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.
Katherine currently works as Research and Communications Officer for the Royal Historical Society, specialising in developing policy around GDPR, Open Access and equality within the profession.