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Cultural History of the NHS (HI34D)

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Tutors: Dr Gareth Millward, Dr Jane Hand, and Dr Jennifer Crane
Office: H310, third floor of the Humanities Building
Email: G.Millward@warwick.ac.uk, J.Hand@warwick.ac.uk, J.Crane.1@warwick.ac.uk
Office Hours: To be confirmed
Seminars:
Friday 10-12, venue to be confirmed

The idea that the British people believe in the NHS and that it has a meaning reaching back to its foundation in 1948 is deeply influential and politically significant. It is often remarked that the NHS is now the closest thing to a national religion in modern Britain. Yet historical examination of this belief, and of whether and how meaning has in fact changed over time, remain remarkably under-explored. Indeed, there is a striking contrast between the common claims about the centrality of the NHS to British life and identity, and its marginal position in most existing social and cultural histories of post-war Britain. This 30 CATS final-year undergraduate Special Subject module provides students with the opportunity to be involved in efforts to develop our first cultural history of the NHS.