People's History of the NHS


Book Launch: Payment and Philanthropy before the NHS

April 3, 2017
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London

The Voluntary Action History Society will be hosting a special seminar at the Institute of Historical Research to mark the publication of a new book – Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48 – by Manchester University Press and the Society for the Social History of Medicine. It investigates the workings, scale and meaning of paying the hospital before the creation of the National Health Service.

The author, George Campbell Gosling, will be joined by a panel of experts including Professor Mathew Thomson (of Warwick University and the People’s History of the NHS), Professor Pamela Cox (of Essex University and Chair of the Social History Society), Professor Pat Thane (of King’s College London, co-founder of History & Policy and Honorary President of the Social History Society) and Colin Rochester (voluntary sector scholar and co-founder of the Voluntary Action History Society).

Those planning to attend should RSVP with Colin at

The seminar will begin at 5.30pm and those attending will be able to purchase the book at a discounted price of £20.

Find out more about the book and the book launch seminar here.

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