People's History of the NHS

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Politician Patients

Returning from a summer holiday in Ireland in August 1948, Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington to be treated for eczema of the foot. The condition was perhaps brought on by seasonal allergy or stress (it’s interesting how many of the Labour cabinet would fall ill after the pressures of war and now creating

National Babies

In 2015 the National Childbirth Trust had over 100,000 parents attend their ante and postnatal courses. With the help of over 15,000 volunteers the NCT currently campaign to improve maternity care and give every parent the chance to make informed choices about their child. The NCT has grown significantly in size and influence since its formation in 1956. It was


Famously, the new National Health Service of 1948 provided the British people with free spectacles and dentures according to need. The huge demand that ensued has come to be seen as a symbol of the transformative nature of the new service. Less well known is that the NHS also set about providing free wigs. It is interesting that these wigs,

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Next Roadshow – 8th January, Edinburgh!

We are delighted to announce our next 'NHS Roadshow'!  It will be on Monday 8th January 2018 in Edinburgh Central Library, from 1-4PM. Come along for a chance to meet our team and to see our lovely NHS objects.  We'll be bringing: Trade union manuals and posters from the 1970s and 1980s, including a slightly depleted but still relatively impressive stock

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Worcester’s Medical Museums: How to use the NHS…

A Guest Blog by Louise Price the Curator of the George Marshall Museum, Worcester. Worcester is lucky to house a 10,000-strong item collection of medical artefacts and two small medical exhibitions reflecting the changes in medicine and healthcare since before the founding of the British Medical Association in the city in 1832. Visitors to the George Marshall Medical Museum learn

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