The NHS has been part of everyday life in the UK since 1948. Covid-19 will stand as an extraordinary period in its longer history. The interviews we are recording now with NHS staff, patients, volunteers and carers during the crisis will capture personal experiences and reflections that will be valuable for policy, culture and research, now and in the future.

Find out more about NHS at 70 and our current programme of work during the Covid-19 crisis below.




Join us for a series of free, public, online events asking what should a national collection of Covid-19 personal testimonies contain?
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a £1 million grant, as part of the UKRI Covid-19 Urgency call. The grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will enable us to link up with the British Library’s oral history department to create a permanent public resource which will also inform policy and practice.
5 July 2020 marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. The anniversary offers a pause for reflection on what continues to be the most extraordinary moment in the NHS’ longer history, although the challenges of the public health crisis remain. Listen to voices from our archive reflecting on Covid-19 and the NHS.
Rajan Madhok, a retired director of public health and volunteer interviewer for NHS at 70, shares his thoughts on the Covid-19 pandemic through this wonderful poetry anthology, co-curated with his writing group.
For 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife discover stories from our Digital Archive that reflect the diversity of nurses and midwives and their vital contribution to every area of the NHS.
'I feel privileged to have listened to so many perspectives on the crisis, the NHS, our country and the response worldwide'.
The NHS is now facing the most extraordinary period in its history as it responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Please read our full statement here.