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Dr Oisín Wall


Oisín Wall

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii
School of History
University College Dublin, School of History


Dr Oisín Wall is an historian and curator based in University College Dublin at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland. He is currently working on the Wellcome funded project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000. His strand of research is focused on the instrumentalization of health by non-political prisoner activists and the prisoner rights movement in Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s. This research will present the first history of an often overlooked movement that was both formative of the modern Irish prison system and which shaped Irish culture in the 1970s and ‘80s. As well as this Oisín is curating a 3-month public exhibition, called Ordinary Prisoners, at Kilmainham Gaol Museum which will open in February 2019. His previous work includes a monograph on the relationship between psychiatry and the counter-culture in 1960s London, The British Anti-Psychiatrists: from institutional psychiatry to the counter-culture, 1960-1971; a gallery about the history of the medicine and the collections at the Science Museum in London, Journeys Through Medicine; and three years working on Medicine and Communities, one of the new permanent Medicine Galleries at the Science Museum.


  • BA (Hons)
    University College Cork
  • MRes
    University of London
  • PhD
    University of London
  • Postgraduate Cert in Academic Practice
    University of London