People's History of the NHS

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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,

Petitions and the NHS

On 27th February 2017, the Government debated an e-petition which had received 117,344 signatures through the Parliamentary website.  The petition noted that there are 193 attacks on NHS staff per day in England, and called for it to become a specific offence to attack a member of NHS staff, in line with legislation specifically prohibiting violence against police officers.  Following

Organ Donation, a cultural history

The funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2016, as chosen by a panel of critics for Dave TV channel, was, ‘My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart’ (told by Masai Graham). The first week of September is Organ Donation Week, an annual drive organised by NHS Blood and Transplant to

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My favourite NHS object – April Stephenson

This blog post was kindly written for us by April Stephenson, who works at the People's History Museum in Manchester. This poster was produced as part of the Labour Party’s 1951 general election campaign. The election was unusual in the fact that it was called by the Labour Party, a year into Clement Attlee’s term as Prime Minister in a

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Memories of NHS campaigning

The People’s History of the NHS project aims to collect memories, stories, and opinions from as many people as possible, in order to inform the research questions and work of historians, other academics, and also policy-makers and researchers. With this in mind, we have organised multiple physical events: with Museums, hospitals, art galleries, local history societies, and campaign groups.  Our upcoming

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