Date of release: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Education and Health ConferenceFever, play and royalty will be discussed when experts on the historical wellbeing of children gather at the University of Greenwich this weekend.

The British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health holds its annual meeting on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September, at the university's Greenwich Campus.

Among the highlights will be the Cadogan lecture, presented by the winner of this year's Cadogan Prize. This was won by Helen Franklin, a former visiting lecturer on the university's BA (Hons) Education & Childhood and Youth Studies degree programmes, in the university's Faculty of Education & Health.

Helen, pictured, who graduated from Greenwich in 2013 with first class honours in Childhood Studies, presents her talk on the child-rearing experts Truby King and Benjamin Spock on Saturday.

The research for Helen's prize essay, on Edwardian paediatric dentistry, includes letters from parents of children at the clinic run by Margaret McMillan in Deptford, in the early 1900s.

Other keynote speakers include Professor Shurlee Swain (Australian Catholic University), on child abuse, and Dr Ruth Richardson, whose most recent book is the acclaimed Dickens and the Workhouse (2012).

Eminent former paediatricians and archivists will speak on the childhood of James I, childbed fever, whooping-cough vaccination in the 1970s, and children's hospitals. The meeting, co-organised with the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, will feature exhibits and a talk from the Multi-Cultural Toys project.

For the conference programme or to join the society: To register for the conference, to be held in Queen Anne 063, contact Dr Mary Clare Martin on

For information on the BA Childhood and Youth Studies, and Education Studies degrees in the Faculty of Education and Health: and

For the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, and the Multi-Cultural Toys project:

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