People's History of the NHS

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Politician Patients

Returning from a summer holiday in Ireland in August 1948, Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington to be treated for eczema of the foot. The condition was perhaps brought on by seasonal allergy or stress (it’s interesting how many of the Labour cabinet would fall ill after the pressures of war and now creating

National Babies

In 2015 the National Childbirth Trust had over 100,000 parents attend their ante and postnatal courses. With the help of over 15,000 volunteers the NCT currently campaign to improve maternity care and give every parent the chance to make informed choices about their child. The NCT has grown significantly in size and influence since its formation in 1956. It was

Wigs

Famously, the new National Health Service of 1948 provided the British people with free spectacles and dentures according to need. The huge demand that ensued has come to be seen as a symbol of the transformative nature of the new service. Less well known is that the NHS also set about providing free wigs. It is interesting that these wigs,

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‘At last, young people’s voices are being heard about the future of the NHS’

Please see below a very interesting new blog about the ways in which young people are represented in the NHS currently.  For the historical context, our researcher Jack Saunders has also written a great encyclopedia entry about representation.  Questions about who gets a say in governing the NHS, but also in writing NHS history, also come up often at our

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Students Curate NHS Objects

Today, students from the Cultural History of the NHS module, a third year module at the University of Warwick, helped us (Jane and Jenny) curate a gallery in our Virtual Museum of the NHS.  We asked the students to think of an object or ‘thing’ which represented the NHS to them.  This is a really tricky task, but forces reflection

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