People's History of the NHS

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Buggy Armies

Jennifer Crane In 2013, up to 25,000 people marched in protest against the plans to close down the Accident and Emergency Department and to downgrade the Maternity Ward at Lewisham Hospital, in south-east London.  A key part of this activism – convened by the Save Lewisham Hospital group – was led by a ‘buggy army’.  While the ‘army’ was composed of


Dr Gareth Millward Invacar was the trade name of a number of “invalid carriages” built for the government during the first thirty years or so of the NHS. Essentially adapted tricycles with a rudimentary bodywork, they provided independent transport for disabled people. The founder of Invacar, Bert Greeves, had worked with motorcycles before the Second World War and wanted to

NHS Glasses

A guest post by Katy Canales, Acting Curator, V&A Museum of Childhood 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS). It emerged out of the devastation of Second World War and helped unify the country, offering for the first time much–needed free healthcare for all, as Harry Leslie Smith attests: Growing up in Britain before the NHS, when one’s

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FIVE Questions about the NHS – Where will the NHS be in 70 Years?

In collaborating with the BBC for this year’s 70th anniversary of the NHS we wanted to find out how people felt about the future of the NHS, as well as thinking about its past, and so another question that we felt it was important to put forward to the interviewees was; ‘Where will the NHS be in 70 years?’ Taken

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Looking for memories from Kent!

A Guest Blog by Sian Elvin, of Kent Live… I’ve worked as a journalist in the county of Kent for almost three years now since graduating from the University of Warwick, and as you can imagine the NHS has always been a topic of great interest in our newspapers and on our website. Kent is home to the East Kent Hospitals

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