Project Update March 2020

The NHS is now facing the most extraordinary period in its history as it responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. 


During these unprecedented times our thoughts are with all NHS organisations and staff working at the frontline, our volunteers and interviewees, community organisations and charities we have partnered with and the public as a whole. 


NHS at 70 has been recording peoples’ stories of the NHS across the UK since 2017. Our collection of more than 800 oral histories documents the shared history of this unique institution and its place in everyday life over the last 70 or so years.

In this period of physical distancing, we are interviewing people over the telephone to ensure that the history of the NHS at this significant moment is captured through the voices of the people who are experiencing it.

The project team are also keen to enable social connections through voice-to-voice contact. Interviewees report feeling connected, valued and listened to and we want to ensure these opportunities continue.

Find out more about sharing your NHS story here.

You can explore the history of the NHS on our website through exhibitions, blogs and our Digital Archive containing over 80 fully summarised audio recordings with more coming soon.

With best wishes from all the NHS at 70 Project team.

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