The National Health Service, we have been told, is the closest thing we now have to a religion in Britain. Yet we are also acutely aware that this is an institution whose very future is now regularly in question. Through our new People’s History of the NHS website, and with the help of the public, we are hoping to better understand what the NHS has meant to the British people from its opening in 1948 up to its forthcoming 70th anniversary in 2018. Such a history is of obvious importance in relation to current challenges faced by the NHS.
We are running an online survey to find out more about the needs of academics and researchers, the ways in which we might work more closely with the academic and scholarly communities, and to help inform the development of our services.
If you are an academic, early career researcher, postgraduate student or independent researcher, we would like to hear from you. The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete and will cover, amongst other things:
A manuscript register which is one of the founding documents of the principle of copyright is to leave England on loan to the USA for the first time since it was compiled in the late sixteenth century.Liber B, one of the earliest of a unique set of volumes held at the Stationers’ Company in the City of London, will go on loan to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington in January next year and will feature in the Library’s landmark exhibition to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.
The Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) announces a new biennial prize named in honour of the late Dr Joan Thirsk, who was a distinguished historian and a long-standing member of the Society.
The £250 Thirsk Prize will be awarded for a dissertation or a long essay, submitted as part of a successful Master’s degree, which is judged to be a major contribution to the history of Kent (including districts which were originally part of the county and are now within the Medway unitary authority and the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham).
The Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR) aims to identify, for appropriately submitted pieces of work, the best essay written on the History of the British Army. This includes any aspect of the Army and its activities, including its Reserve or Auxiliary formation or the civil offices and institutions which supported them.