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Dr Jennifer Novotny

Dr Jennifer NovotnyResearch Assistant
I am a historian and archaeologist working on Glasgow University’s Great War, a research project exploring the experiences of the extended University of Glasgow community during WWI. The project is based in the University of Glasgow Archives. I hold a BA summa cum laude History and English from Chatham University (Pittsburgh, USA), MLitt (distinction) Battlefield & Conflict Archaeology and PhD Archaeology from the University of Glasgow.

Research and Teaching Interests

Research interests: The history of the health and wellbeing of military personnel and veterans, particularly during and after the First World War; the material culture of health and wellbeing. I am currently looking at the ways in which facilities like Erskine (originally the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers) met the socio-economic challenges of WWI, specifically physically and vocationally rehabilitating wounded service personnel to re-join the workforce. Furthermore I am interested in how such organisations changed and adapted over time to negotiate changing economic circumstances. A portion of this work is funded by the Centre for Business History in Scotland. Previous research into the material culture of the Jacobite Wars included an interest in specially-minted touchpieces used to cure The King’s Evil (scrofula), and how these artefacts played an important role in the highly scripted healing ceremonies of the Stuart monarchs of the late-17th and early-18th centuries.


Disability studiesDiseaseFirst World WarHealthHistory of MedicineMilitary HistoryProstheticsScotlandWarWelfare


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