Voices From Our Archive

Discover voices from our archive through these curated excerpts from our collection of oral histories. This page started as our 'Moments of Care' exhibition curated in 2019 and we are now expanding it to cover a range of voices from our collection.

Since 2017 we have been recording oral histories with people across the UK to create the first national archive of NHS history. In 2020 we secured funding from the AHRC through the UKRI Covid-19 Urgency call to create a national collection of personal testimony  - this will add an additional 900 interviews to our existing collection.

This funding also secured a permanent home for the whole collection at the British Library.  We are currently working in partnership with the British Library to transfer the full interviews. In the interim we have taken the decision to remove access to our archive and whole oral history interviews on this site whilst they are being made accessible at the British Library. Please contact us to enquire about access to whole recordings and where possible we will facilitate this for you. 

 

Hylda Whitehead was born in 1941 and joined the NHS as a medical secretary after taking short-hand typing and biology at night school.
Irene Bell worked as a HIV/AIDSs coordinator for Durham County throughout the 1990s, promoting sexual health and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community.
Listen to Jane recount her experience of being in the fever hospital as a young child.
Listen to Sohail reflect on how fear of Covid-19 affected the way patients accessed primary care.
Professor Tony Redmond, a specialist in international emergency medicine, reflects on his experience setting up a field hospital during the Kurdish Refugee Crisis in 1991.
Discover why for Zoe being a GP in the NHS remains essential to all other aspects of her professional career in medicine and health.
June, a retired physiotherapist, remembers taking Aneurin Bevan breakfast in bed on the day he launched the NHS in 1948!
Gwen, a retired nurse and health visitor, reflects on the impact she had through her work.
Robert, a community HIV nurse, reflects on being proud of his work.
Philip received treatment as a child through the Tredegar Medical Aid Society.