Dr Stuart Wildman BA MEd PhD

Dr Stuart Wildman

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow, Social Studies in Medicine

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Stuart Wildman is a former lecturer in the School of Nursing within the University and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Social Studies in Medicine group.


  • PhD History of Nursing 2012
  • MEd Education 1990
  • Cert. Ed. Teaching 1984
  • Diploma in Nursing 1982
  • State Registered Nurse 1979
  • BA (Hons) Geography 1976


Stuart Wildman is a retired lecturer in nursing having had a career spanning over 38 years in the National Health Service and higher education. During this time he has developed expertise in the history of nursing and completed a PhD entitled: Local Nursing Associations in an Age of Nursing Reform, 1860-1900, in 2012. Following retirement he has taken up an appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow, undertaking some teaching, helping in the supervision of students and carrying out research. His interests focus on the history of nursing and health care, in particular hospital and home nursing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Research interests

Hospital and home nursing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Other activities

Stuart is currently the Chair of the History of Nursing Forum of the Royal College of Nursing


Wildman, S. (2009) ‘Nursing and the issue of “party” in the Church of England: the case of the Lichfield Diocesan Nursing Association’. Nursing Inquiry, 16 2, 94-102.

Wildman, S., Hewison A. (2009) ‘Rediscovering a History of Nursing Management: From Nightingale to the Modern Matron’ International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46, 12, 1650–1661.

Wildman, S (2014) “Docile bodies” or “impudent” women: conflicts between nurses and their employers, in England, 1880 -1914’. In Jutte, R. (Ed) Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte (Medicine, Society and History), Yearbook of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Robert Bosch Institution, Stuttgart, 9-20

Wildman, S. (2015) ‘Nursing on the home front: Britain, 1914-1919’ The Bulletin (UK Association for the History of Nursing), 4, November 2015, 32-43.

Wildman, S. (2016) “The Greatest Human Touch”: District Nursing in Manchester and Salford, 1864 – 1958. The Bulletin (UK Association for the History of Nursing), 5, November 2016, 6-18.

Wildman, S. (2016) ‘He’s only a pauper whom nobody owns’: Caring for the Sick in the Warwickshire Poor Law Unions, 1834 – 1914. Dugdale Society Occasional Papers, Number 53. Stratford-upon-Avon: The Dugdale Society. 

Wildman, S. (2020) ‘Gibson, Anne Campbell (1849-1926), nurse and poor law reformer’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published online: 13 February 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.369149

Wildman, S. (2020) ‘Merryweather, Mary (1818–1880), social reformer and lady superintendent of nursing’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published online: 14 May 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.59379 

Wildman, S. (2021) ‘The voluntary hospital and the development of professional nursing: Britain 1700-1914’ Journal of the Social history of Medicine and Health (China), 6, 1, June, 209-228.

Wildman, S. (2022) ‘Were they to have petticoat government in the hospital?’ The reform of nursing in nineteenth-century Lincoln, Women's History Review, DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2021.1966891