Creative Competition

Creative competition winner!

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our ‘Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century: Your Research in One Image’ competition.

Hannah Halliwell

With her entry

‘How to paint a morphine addict for the French fin-de-siècle annual Salon’


Hannah Halliwell is approaching her third year as a doctoral researcher in the History of Art department at the University of Birmingham, funded by Midlands4Cities Doctoral Partnership. Her doctoral research investigates representations of the morphine addict (morphinomane) in French visual culture between c.1880 and 1914. Hannah completed her BA and MA in the same department; her MA dissertation examined depictions of women in bicycle posters. With a continuing interest in the interdisciplinarity of art and representations of women, Hannah’s doctoral thesis explores how and why artists depicted the morphinomane as almost exclusively female.

Hannah’s work will be on display at our conference (13th-14th September) but in the meantime, here’s a peek at some beautiful close-ups:

Creative Competition:

Your Research in One Image


Image credit: Wellcome Collection.

We are inviting submissions of creative works which explore any aspect of nineteenth-century substance use and abuse.

  • Photography, painting, digital art, mixed media, posters?
  • Still lives of drug paraphernalia?
  • Microscopic images of chemical compounds
  • Mapping nineteenth-century drug use?
  • A sculpture featuring Sherlock Holmes’s 243 types of tobacco ash?

The ‘Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century’ conference will bring together international, interdisciplinary researchers from Medical Humanities, the History of Medicine, and Romantic/Victorian literature to examine the changing roles of substances for therapy, medication, and recreation in the nineteenth century.

This competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, lecturers and researchers, and members of the public.

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the conference, 13th – 14th September 2018 at Edge Hill University.

First prize: £100.

Head Judge: Stephen Whittle. Principle Manager, The Atkinson Southport.

Deadline for entries: 17th August 2018.

For full terms and conditions and to enter, download entry form here and send it, along with your submission, to