The IHR has begun a trial programme to make available podcasts of its seminars, and the first of these is now online. If you’re interested in listening to Lynsey Cullen’s talk on The First Lady Almoner: The Appointment, Position and Findings of Miss Mary Stewart at the Royal Free Hospital, 1895-1899 then click here.

The work of the Almoning profession within the medical system of the late 19th century has been seriously neglected in historical study. There are few references to the occupation in previous works, which have made no attempt comprehensively to consider the role and importance of the first Almoner in establishing the profession. In this podcast Lynsey Cullen examines the appointment, role, authority, and findings of Miss Mary Stewart in order to create an understanding of the life, work and legacy of the first hospital Almoner.

The remainder of the Voluntary Action History seminars will also be made available as and when they take place, and a full list can be found here.