On July 5th 2018 the National Health Service will be 70 years old. Initially instigated by the Beveridge Report in 1942 which argued for a universally accessible health care service that provided the public with social security ‘from cradle to grave’, it was an ambitious idea which aimed to make healthcare available to all based on need rather than the ability to pay. The NHS has changed life in Britain forever. It is one of the largest employers, with approximately 5% of the people employed in Britain working for the NHS. For the first time, it brought hospitals, doctors, opticians and dentists together under an umbrella organisation.
In March 2018, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery will be opening a new and exciting exhibition to celebrate this milestone and we would like to feature the memories and stories of anyone locally who may have worked for the organisation or used this service. As well as recording your memories we would also be interested in having a look at any objects that you might have relating to the life of the NHS. Do you have a pair of NHS glasses or some old uniform?
If you’d like to share your experiences of the NHS in Warrington over the last 70 years with us, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01925 442015. Alternatively, you might like to post something on our Facebook page or Tweet us! @warringtonmus #WarringtonNHS70.