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Storify of our event with the King’s Fund Library!

by Jenny Crane
Please see below a Storify made to help us reflect on our event of 26th September with the King’s Fund Library and Information Services, ‘Understanding the NHS Over Time: Archives, Voices, Policy’.  We were pleased to be joined by nearly 50 people who worked in archives, libraries, Universities, and policy, and, as you can see below, this led to some interesting discussion on the day.
The event raised so many themes and questions.  For me, I’m left reflecting on questions around who writes history, who produces and catalogues historical sources, and how does this shape who is included in public celebrations of prominent institutions, such as the NHS, and the creation of policy.  I think that these questions become increasingly pertinent in relation to the NHS as the institution approaches its 70th Anniversary, and also given largescale reorganisation currently taking place through the Sustainability and Transformation Plans … if anyone has thoughts on these issues, or more, please do feel free to contact us below or via Twitter.

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