Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.
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Dr Jane Adams

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Jane works for the Open University and is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick. After gaining her first degree in Economics from the University of London she trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the voluntary sector and for the National Health Service. She completed a part-time MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History followed by an MSc in Health Services Management and later went on to study part-time for her PhD in history at the University of Warwick.

Following the award of her PhD, ‘The mixed economy for medical services in Herefordshire c.1770-c.1850’, she worked at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick as a post doctoral research and in teaching posts. She has published on spas and the water cure in England and medical services in Herefordshire. Her current research focuses on popular health culture and alternative medicine in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Jane lives in Herefordshire and is a member of the Woolhope Naturalists Field Club, a volunteer on the England’s Past for Everyone project and a member of the committee of the Friends of Herefordshire Record Office.


Dr Jane Adams