NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives

NHS at 70 is an ambitious Heritage Lottery funded project led by the University of Manchester, which will preserve NHS heritage and mark its 70th anniversary in 2018.

Building a digital archive of NHS history

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are currently gathering stories from patients, workers and the public from the first to subsequent generations who worked or were cared for by the NHS.

The legacy of these stories will be a digital archive – the first UK wide archive of NHS history – which will be kept in perpetuity for future generations to access and for historians to gain insights into the history of this unique institution.

NHS heritage will come alive through an interactive website launching in 2018, where visitors can upload their own NHS stories. The project will also see films and exhibitions presenting the first national social story of the NHS. Heritage-gathering events will give everyone the opportunity to contribute their story. The project will produce a step-change in the conservation, interpretation and accessibility of this unique heritage that will endure through the digital resources.

Current partners in the first stage of the project, which is initially focusing on Manchester and South Wales, before rolling out nationally include Age UK, Mental Health Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness, The Stroke Association, TUC, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the NHS Confederation.

Get involved

NHS at 70 are collecting stories and memorabilia from patients, workers, volunteers and the public. Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS? Did you come from overseas to work in the NHS? Have you been a porter, a radiographer, a surgeon, a cleaner or held any other post in the NHS? Do you have a long term medical condition treated by the NHS? Whatever your story, NHS at 70 are keen to collect it.

Contact the team via or call 0161 275 0560 to get involved. You can also visit the University of Manchester’s website or follow them on Twitter: @NHSat70.