At school we learn about Florence Nightingale, Alexander Fleming and Nye Bevan, but there is so much more to the UK’s history of healthcare and medical science than these three.
On this page we will be sharing information about the hidden histories that can inspire us as we take action to improve the health of our families, our communities and our country.
Want to be kept up to date with inspiring resources for the history buffs in the family?
- Learn more about pioneering black nurse Mary Seacole.
- Learn more about The Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British university to study medicine.
- Learn more about Dr Harold Moody, race equality leader and community doctor.
- Learn more about the 1920 ‘Justice Not Charity’ Blind March.
- Learn more about Ludwig Guttmann, the Jeiwsh refugee who became the Father of the Paralympics movement.
- Learn more about Welsh social reformer Robert Owen.
- Learn more about Octavia Hill, one of the co-founders of the National Trust.
- Learn more about Northern Ireland’s Nobel Prize-winning Dr John Shepherd.
- Learn more about Dr Alfred and Ada Salter, community health pioneers.
- Learn more about Sheila McKechnie, the campaigner who won the creation of the Food Standards Agency.
- Learn more about how the LGBT community developed public education campaigns in response to the death of Terry Higgins in 1982.
- Explore how National Health Service came to be with the NHS Cabinet Papers at the National Archives.
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