Dr Sally Horrocks

Lecturer in Modern British History

Sally HorrocksContact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5070
  • Email: smh4@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 507
  • Office Hours: 2016/17 Semester 1 & Semester 2, Research Leave
  • Dissertation Office Hour: N/A
  • MA Office Hour: Email to arrange
  • Research Day: Thursday
  • British Library Day: Friday


I studied History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge before spending two years teaching Chemistry at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland.  After returning to the UK I completed a PhD in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester, where my research focused on scientists and food manufacturing in Britain before World War II and on industrial research and development in general.  After a year in the Department of History at Lancaster University I joined the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester. I have been book reviews editor of Economic History Review and have held a number of offices within the British Society for the History of Science of which I was President between 2010 and 2012.   I am senior academic advisor to the Oral History of British Science, a National Life Stories project in partnership with the British Library and along with Colin Hyde am working with BBC local radio stations in the East Midlands on their coverage of the centenary of the First World War..

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

Oral History of British Science (OHBS)



PhD Supervision

Gender history, particularly in relation to gender and work; British science and technology in the 20th century;20th century British social and economic history, particularly of the English midlands;  topics that use moving image sources.  The First World War and its legacy.

Most Recent Publications

  1. 'World War II, Post-war Reconstruction and British Women Chemists', Ambix, 58 (2011), pp. 150-70.
  2. 'The Royal Society, its Fellows and Industrial R&D in the mid-Twentieth Century', Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 64 (2010), S31-41
  3. 'Industrial Research and the employment of scientists in British industry before the 1970s' in Richard Coopey and Peter Lyth, eds., Business in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 252-270.
  4. 'Defence research and private industry in Britain: finding capacity for research in the electronics industry, 1940s-1960s', Yearbook of European Administrative History, 20 (2008), pp. 165-185
  5. 'The internationalization of science in a commercial context: research and development by overseas multinationals in Britain before the mid-1970s', British Journal for the History of Science 40 (2007), pp. 227-250

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