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The Peoples History of the NHS Rugby Roadshow 23 Feb

NHSA team of historians from the University of Warwick have been touring the country to gather peoples first hand experiences and attitudes towards the National Health Service and they need your stories.

Their next free public event will be held at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 23 Feb.

The researchers from the Centre for the History of Medicine have been giving local people the chance to tell their stories and contribute to the People’s History of the NHS, the first ever national initiative to document the effects of the NHS on people’s lives.

Events have been held in Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham so far with local people contributing their memories, experiences and medical artefacts to the project including photo portraits, nurses’ badges, scrapbooks and even a prosthetic leg.

Dr Jenny Crane, Research Fellow working on the Peoples History of the NHS project said,

“We've been shown some fascinating NHS keepsakes and heard some incredible stories. In doing this, we've learnt a lot about how people's feelings about the National Health Service. We have learned that they are in fact profoundly shaped by local services and experiences and we're excited to learn more about the history of the NHS in Rugby.”

At this latest event in the Peoples History of the NHS roadshow there will be lots of objects from local hospitals and GPs for people to examine. There will be historical NHS craft activities for children and an artist who will be creating a special piece of work to commemorate the day.

Visit the Peoples History of the NHS team in Rugby on Thursday 23 Feb to tell your story and contribute to the first ever initiative to document the effects of the NHS on people’s lives.

You can view the stories the project team have collected so far and visit the online museum here:


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