Dr Lesley Hall
historian; retired archivist; Wellcome Library research fellow

Dr Lesley Hall, FRHistS, PhD, DipAA, formerly senior archivist at the Wellcome Library, now retired, is a Wellcome Library research fellow and honorary senior lecturer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.

She has published extensively on questions of gender and sexuality in the UK from the nineteenth century onwards, including the textbook Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (2nd edition 2012), a biography of the pioneering abortion law reformer Stella Browne, the anthology Outspoken Women: women writing about sex, 1870-1969, and (with the late Roy Porter) The Facts of Life: the creation of sexual knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950, as well as numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. She has contributed to television and radio programmes on a range of topics including Marie Stopes, the history of masturbation and historical concepts of female homosexuality. She has been maintaining a website, www.lesleyahall.net, since 1998, which includes a discussion of misconceptions about Victorian sexuality, and a collection of literary references to abortion.

Follow Lesley on Twitter: @erinacean


Sunday 14 October, 16:00 Frobisher Auditorium 1
Contraception: a hard pill to swallow?