Marking 70 years of the NHS

09 February 2018

A variety of events and media are being organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

TV production company 7Wonder is making a new documentary series for BBC4 titled The people's history of the NHS

This three-part series is a crowd-sourced history of the health service, told through treasured mementos and objects from both its staff and patients through seven decades of the NHS.  

Using the fascinating objects and personal stories and made in partnership with the University of Warwick’s History department and the Wellcome collection, the films will uncover a 70-year history of the highs and lows, triumphs and catastrophes of the NHS, which together will paint a vivid, and often conflicted portrait of Britain. 

The researchers are trying to speak to as many people as possible who may have a story to tell or an interesting object from the last 70 years. 

They are not only interested in stories from people who’ve worked in the NHS but from anyone with a fascinating story or object related to their experience working at or being treated by the NHS. 

If you would like to take part, contact the research team at or on 020 3701 7599.

To see what has been uncovered so far, go to or see the dedicated Twitter page

There is also a competition to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday, which was launched in Westminster this week (7 February).

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards will see English MPs put forward individuals and teams serving their constituencies for national recognition.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on the House of Commons terrace on 4 July – the day before the NHS’s official anniversary.

It is part of a range of activities being organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement, to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and those who work for and with it.

MPs are encouraged to search for outstanding nominees who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the health and care system provides care for their constituents.

There are 10 categories, including a lifetime achievement award to honour those who have devoted their lives or careers to making the NHS better, both for patients and those who work within it.

A guide is available to support any individual, team or organisation that wishes to submit a nomination for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards – for more information visit