Three projects that celebrate 75 years of the NHS
Created in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system in the world to be made freely available at the point of access. It was a pioneering change in the provision of health services that brought together hospitals, doctors, nurses and dentists under one organisation.
Throughout its history, the NHS has achieved many medical firsts including:
the UK's first kidney transplant in 1960
Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968
the world’s first CT scan on a patient in 1971
the world’s first ‘test-tube’ baby born in 1978
the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant in 1987
Three inspiring projects
Medical Museum collections
Derby and Burton Hospital Charity has catalogued and safely rehoused their collection of medical artefacts, training volunteers in protecting and preserving the collections.
A vibrant exhibition will go on display with an accompanying events programme to support local people from diverse communities.
From Scutari Hospital to NHS Nightingale: The British Hotel to Seacole Recovery Centres
This project explores the history of British military nursing with an exhibition that will feature the voices and stories of military nurses, veteran patients and historians. Objects from the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps will also be on display.
As part of the project, the relationship between Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole will be explored and brought to life through a new dramatic performance at the museum and online.
The Story of our Lives
To celebrate 70 years of the NHS, this project was led by the University of Manchester to capture people’s stories and memorabilia for a social history archive.
'Voices of our National Health Service' is a collection of the 2,200 oral history interviews that were recorded and stored in the British Library’s digital collection.
In 2022 a film was published called ‘Covid Voices: A Moment in Time’ that spotlights the diverse experiences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The project involved over 160 volunteers and over 1,200 people who shared their lived experience of the NHS as patients, staff and members of the public.
Heritage buildings and landmarks turned blue
On 5 July, to mark the 75th anniversary, over 100 buildings across the UK were lit up in blue including Liverpool’s Liver building, Nottingham Castle, The Roman Baths, HMS Belfast in London, Grimsby Minster and Belfast City Hall.
People took photos and shared them via social media using the hashtags #NHS75 and #LightUpBlue.
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