Dr Graham Smith is a Senior Lecturer in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research includes oral history, public history and the history of medicine (and in particular general practice c.1948-1990).
Graham Smith has been the chair of the Oral History Society since 1986. He has long been interested in the relationship between individual recollection and ‘collective’ or ‘community’ memory. The ways in which memory and history is shaped by the representation of the past in the media, by institutions and by historians is also one of Graham's key concerns.
Appointed to a Department of General Practice in the 1990s, Graham pioneered the use of oral history in a medical faculty. He also produced a series of articles on the oral history of primary care for a leading medical journal as well publishing elsewhere on the recent history of general practice.
Graham has published a number of other articles on public history often with reference to oral history and he was the editor of the public history section of Oral History, 1999-2006. In the 1980s Graham was a researcher on BBC’s Scotland’s ground-breaking Odyssey series (radio and television). This included programmes on booth boxing. Since then he has curated a number of exhibitions on a wide range of topics for museums, community groups and arts organisations. He has also studied many groups and communities such as homeless men in Britain and former jute textile workers in Scotland and Ukrainian communities in England. His research and writing has also focused on memories of violence and has also helped to develop ideas around transactive memory.
Graham has recently been looking at the use of Magna Carta in the history of England as a political symbol, especially from the Civil War to the present day.