Moments of Care

Logo header with small images of healthcare

The National Health Service (NHS) has stood at the centre of everyday life in the UK for over 70 years. 

The NHS has provided healthcare for all citizens, free at the point of access, since 5 July 1948.   It has been the UK’s largest employer since the 1960s. Since 2017 NHS at 70 has worked with volunteers across the four nations of the UK to record stories from patients, staff and the public.  This new public Archive of NHS history will enable everybody to discover more about the place of the NHS in all our lives, past, present and future.

Capturing and sharing ‘moments of care’, this exhibition is a taster of the diverse collection of voices you can find in our Archive.  All our human experiences are reflected in the history of this unique institution. 

The history of the NHS is the story of our lives in the UK since 1948.


This Digital Exhibition accompanies our 'Moments of Care' exhibition which we had planned to tour the UK through 2020. We will have more details about new dates in the future.




Irene Bell worked as a HIV/AIDSs coordinator for Durham County throughout the 1990s, promoting sexual health and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the community.
Listen to Jane recount her experience of being in the fever hospital as a young child.
Listen to Sohail reflect on how fear of Covid-19 affected the way patients accessed primary care.
Professor Tony Redmond, a specialist in international emergency medicine, reflects on his experience setting up a field hospital during the Kurdish Refugee Crisis in 1991.
Discover why for Zoe being a GP in the NHS remains essential to all other aspects of her professional career in medicine and health.
June, a retired physiotherapist, remembers taking Aneurin Bevan breakfast in bed on the day he launched the NHS in 1948!
Gwen, a retired nurse and health visitor, reflects on the impact she had through her work.
Robert, a community HIV nurse, reflects on being proud of his work.
Philip received treatment as a child through the Tredegar Medical Aid Society.
Discover how Peter coped with boredom whilst recovering in hospital from a stem cell transplant.