Dr Chris Locke


School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Honorary Research Fellow

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  • B.A. (Hons) Modern History, St John’s College, Oxford University 1977-1980
  • LL.M (Distinction) in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, Cardiff University , 2008-2010
  • PhD, History, University of Sheffield, 2016-2021. 
  • In full time, non -academic,  employment from 1981- 2016 and part-time employment from 2016-2020.
Research interests

The cultural and political history of the British Medical profession before the NHS.

Publications and conferences


  • Private Medical Practice (Radcliffe Medical Press,1994)
  • GPs in Nottinghamshire, 1948-1998: A Health Service Record (Nottinghamshire LMC, 1999)
  • The Local Medical Committee and General Practice in Nottinghamshire, 1912-2012 (Nottinghamshire LMC, 2013)
  • GPs, Politics and Medical Professional Protest in Britain,1880-1948 (Routledge, Studies in Modern British History, 2023).

Conference and seminar papers:

  • University of Sheffield History Dept Colloquium May 2018: ‘The Political Doctor is now born: GPs and the Politics of State-funded Healthcare in Britain 1900-1939.’ 
  • University of Leicester May 2019: ‘GPs and their search for identity and self-determination in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain.’
  • Goethe University, Frankfurt October 2019, Guest lecture: ‘Health Insurance, the State and Professional Self-determination: General Medical Practitioners in Britain 1900-1939.’
  • University of Sheffield, Northern Network for Medical Humanities Conference, January 2020: ‘From the margins to the mainstream: political resistance and the professional culture of GPs in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain.’

Blog posts: 

Sheffield History Matters:

  • Dawson’s Big Idea: the enduring appeal of the primary healthcare centre in Britain (April 2020)
  • Militant Medics: examining the connection between two unlikely activists in the first national British doctors’ strike (October 2023).