We’ve listed below some of the projects taking place to help celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. And you can get involved!
NHS at 70
NHS at 70 are collecting stories and memorabilia from patients, workers, volunteers and the public from the first to subsequent generations who worked or were cared for by the NHS.
These stories will form a digital archive for future generations to access and for historians to gain insights into the history of this unique institution. The project will also see films and exhibitions presenting the first national social story of the NHS.
Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS? Did you come from overseas to work in the NHS? Have you been a porter, a radiographer, a surgeon, a cleaner or held any other post in the NHS? Do you have a long term medical condition treated by the NHS? Whatever your story, NHS at 70 are keen to collect it.
People’s history of the NHS
This project will be looking at how the NHS has developed and affected our cultural identity.
One part of the project is the development of a website that collects people’s personal stories and memories of the NHS. The project wants to to hear people’s recollections of the NHS and what it means to them. People who would like to participate, should visit the project’s website.
Here you can share your stories, respond to calls for information, find out about public engagement events, and visit the project’s ‘virtual museum’ and ‘People’s Encyclopedia of the NHS’.
You can also follow the project on Twitter: @NHSHistory_.
What’s Happening locally?
Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are collecting stories as part of the exciting build up to the NHS 70th birthday celebrations taking place on 5 July this year. They would like to hear from local people willing to share their experiences about what the NHS means to them, whether they are patients, volunteers or members of NHS staff (past and present).
They are also keen to hear from you if:
- you or a family member have had pioneering or life-saving care and treatment
- if you share the same birthday as the NHS
- or if you were one of the first NHS babies born after the NHS was created on 5 July 1948 – the year it all began.
Dr Nina Pearson, Chair of Luton CCG, said: “We want to encourage everyone to come forward and share their stories about why they love the NHS. We want to hear stories about when human compassion and dedication have helped someone through an illness, or enabled them to make a new life, or where advances in medicine have transformed treatments”.
Dr Alvin Low, Clinical Chair of Bedfordshire CCG, added: “The NHS is one of the most-loved national treasures, and there should be plenty of scope for stories arising from the seven decades of care. These stories will form part of a legacy which celebrates the NHS heritage, and they will be shared over the course of the NHS birthday year. Some of the local personal stories that are being collected will also be offered to the national NHS 70 archive, so they will become a piece of history too”.
To share your story about your local NHS and why it means a lot to you, if you live in Bedfordshire please email your story to us at firstname.lastname@example.org