Covid Conversations

What should a national collection of Covid-19 personal testimonies contain?


Covid Conversations is a series of free, public, online events led by the NHS Voices of Covid-19 team with guest speakers.

Join us to take part in the conversation 'what should a national collection of Covid-19 personal testimonies contain?'

Supported by a grant of £1 million from UK Research and Innovation, through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, NHS Voices of Covid-19 are developing a national collection of personal testimonies and in-depth reflections around Covid-19. These will be preserved as a permanent public resource for informing policy and practice and form part of a wider British Library Covid-19 collecting initiative.




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*Upcoming Events *

Covid Conversation: Faith and Covid-19

22 June 2021: 12:30-1:30pm (BST Time)

Join our panel of speakers from different faith communities to discuss how best we can build a national collection around Covid-19.

Speakers include:

Reverend Philip Hawthorn

Philip has been at Saint Stephen’s for 10 years. This is his first job as a rector. Before that he was a writer, director and presenter in various media, mostly for BBC Radio and Television

David Mintz

David is the host of Sunday night Live for the Jewish community in Manchester. 

Dr Haider Ali

Haider is a Manchester based GP.

Free online event - click here to register


Covid Conversation: Vaccination and Covid-19

Tuesday 20 July: 12:30-1:30pm (BST Time)

Join our panel of speakers to discuss the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the context of building a national collection around Covid-19.

Free online event - click here to register





Tuesday 15 December, 12.30pm-1.30pm NHS Voices of Covid-19 -  Covid Conversation: Arts and Culture

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(This event does not have closed captions you can access the Zoom transcript of the event here)

Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for an uplifting Covid Conversation focusing on arts and culture. You can watch the event in full here.

Arts and culture promote wellbeing and connectedness across society. They help us to understand better what it means to be human and the world around us. During Covid-19, the creative sector has responded strongly to the crisis. Through words, images and music, it has recorded life in extraordinary times and inspired us to create meaning from the present and to imagine what the future might look like.

Director, Stephanie Snow, in conversation with:

Denise Vogelsang - Director of Communications & Digital, National Portrait Gallery

Tim Harrison - Creative Director, SICK! Festival

Adam O’Riordan - Reader in Contemporary Poetry and Fiction, Manchester Writing School

Chava Erlanger (nee Rosenzweig)- Freelance Artist and Managing Director at Chavasart



NHS Voices of Covid-19 In Conversation: Charities and the Voluntary Sector: Tuesday 24 November, 12.30pm-1.30pm

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Thank you to all our speakers and participants who joined us for our Covid Conversation focusing on charities and the voluntary sector. It was a though provoking event raising many issues. You can watch the event in full here.

Our director Stephanie Snow was joined by speakers:

Ellie Orton- Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together. She has worked in the specialist social care, education and faith sector for over 25 years regionally, nationally and internationally.

Chris Larkin- Director of Stroke Support – England, Stroke Association. He has extensive knowledge of the health and social care system and is passionate about the role of the voluntary sector within it.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi- Chief Officer of the Caribbean and African Health Network, Manchester. He has a wealth of strategy, governance and policy experience from a number of roles in the voluntary and public sectors at local and national levels.

Prof John Mohan - Director of The third Sector Research Centre, The University of Birmingham.

Charities and the voluntary sector play a major role in supporting millions of people living with ongoing health and care needs across the UK. From neurological conditions to mental health to disabilities to cancer and much more – the third sector provides emotional support, practical help, and social activities for users, families and carers and is deeply involved in advocacy and research. Their role has become even more critical through the pandemic as they work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

NHS at 70: Covid Conversations: Historians, Archivists and Curators

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On Tuesday 20 October we hosted the first of our online Covid Conversations to consider how best we can build a national collection around Covid-19 for use now and in the future. 

Our project director, Stephanie Snow was joined by Safina Islam, Head of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, University of Manchester, Alex Mold, Associate Professor in History, and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Mary Stewart, Curator of Oral History and Deputy Director of National Life Stories at the British Library who all gave their perspectives on collecting through Covid-19. 

We were delighted that over 120 people joined the event and contributed to questions and discussion through chat. Thank you to all who participated, and especially the speakers for their insightful contributions.