NHS at 70
NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives is a HLF supported project at the University of Manchester marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS through capturing people’s stories for their new digital archive. The project looks at people's experience of the NHS throughout the last 7 decades. As part of this project, The Institute of Community Reporters (People’s Voice Media and Gorsehill Studios) has been working with The University of Manchester to use its Community Reporting practice to support communities in Bridgend, Wales and Trafford, England to gather stories around the topic of the NHS. These stories cover topics such as accessing NHS services, support with lifelong health conditions, stories about working for the NHS, stories about people’s family members and their experience of the NHS, and stories about finding other health support outside of the NHS.
Working specifically with groups of young people aged 14 - 25 from each area we ran the following programmes:
2-Day Community Reporting for Insight programme: As part of this programme, participants explored insight storytelling practices such as snapshot storytelling and dialogue interviewing.They also explored how use smartphones and tablets to record these stories and how to share them online.
2-Day Community Reporting Co-Curation programme: As part of this programme, participants reviewed the stories they gathered to ascertain their key messages, and produced a short film from each area that highlights some of these key ideas and experiences of the NHS.
Wrapped around these programmes were a series of storytelling sessions that engaged more people from the areas in talking about the NHS. As part of this project, over 50 stories were gathered from people aged between 13 and 70+, and there were 13 new Community Reporters trained as part of this process.
The stories and the films are being utilised as part of an online archive that is being created as part of the project and forming a pop-up exhibition that will be installed in various sites in Greater Manchester and South Wales. You can see some of the stories gathered below, and if you have a story about the NHS, add it to this page.