People's History of the NHS

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What’s cultural about the NHS?

by George Gosling

The Centre for the History of Medicine at our home institution of Warwick University invited us to speak to them about the work we’re doing with the People’s History and in our more traditional academic guise on the Cultural History of the NHS project.

Mathew and Roberta, the Co-Principal Investigators, topped and tailed the panel, but it was primarily a showcase for the work being done by the team of researchers they hired. They are…

  • George – who did his PhD and has now written a book on what it meant to pay before the NHS, and is looking into the meaning of the NHS as a ‘free’ health service
  • Jane – who did her PhD on the promotion of healthy eating in postwar Britain, and is now looking into the visual culture of public health and the NHS
  • Jack – who did his PhD on the industrial culture of car workers, and is now looking into the history of the NHS as a workplace
  • Jenny – who did her PhD on the role of charities in postwar child protection, and is now looking into NHS activism
  • Natalie – who did her PhD in literary theory and works as a visual artist, and is looking into cultural representations of the NHS

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