Witness Seminars

Health Policy-making in an Era of Reform: New Zealand’s Health System in the 1980s

28 February 2018, University of Auckland, New Zealand View transcript (pdf) The era of economic reform in the 1980s was also a pivotal moment in the history of New Zealand’s health system. There was a growing sense of the need for change, rethinking and policy innovation.  By 1980, 50 per cent of New Zealanders had […]

HIV/AIDS in Prisons in England and Wales, 1980s and 1990s

 View transcript here As part of the Prisoners, Medical Care, and Entitlement to Health project, we organised a witness seminar in May 2017 as an opportunity for key individuals to discuss their experiences and memories of the development of prison policy around HIV/AIDS. We invited 12 people to participate, including Sir Richard Tilt, former Governor […]

Devo-Then, Devo-Now: What can the history of the NHS tell us about localism and devolution in health and care?

Publication available here Symposium organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM, and the Institute of Public Policy Research, with support from the Wellcome Trust on the 9th May 2017. This symposium brought together historians and policy makers to ask what we could learn from 20th century British history about the decentralisation of […]

The Resource Allocation Working Party and the NHS: Origins, Implementation and Development, 1974-1990

November 21st, 2013 Somerset House, London View transcript The focus of this Witness Seminar was the work of the Resource Allocation Working Party (RAWP).  Appointed by the Labour government in 1975, the RAWP’s work led in 1976 to the introduction of a new formula for distributing funding in the British National Health Service (NHS).  Henceforth […]

Tomlinson Report and After: Reshaping London’s Health Services 1992-1997

Martin Gorsky and Virginia Preston ed. Tomlinson Report and After: Reshaping London’s Health Services 1992-1997 (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Institute of Contemporary British History: 2013). Click on the link to read the full transcript which can be freely downloaded http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/icbh/witness/science/Tomlinson.aspx The Kings’ College Website is currently being redesigned.  Click again soon […]

History of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

Overy C, Reynolds L A, Tansey E M. (eds) (2011) History of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine, volume 41. London: School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. View transcript

Nutrition and History in the Twentieth Century 15th September 2010.

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The Medicalization of Cannabis

Crowther, SM, Reynolds, LA and Tansey, EM (eds) The Medicalization of Cannabis. Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine, Vol. 40 (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2010). View transcript

The Griffiths NHS Management Inquiry

Martin Gorsky, The Griffiths NHS Management Inquiry, its origins, nature and impact. The transcript is now available online to read only. Please contact Ingrid James with your name and institution to receive a free printable PDF. View Transcript

Public Health in the 1980s and 1990s: Decline and Rise?

V Berridge, DA Christie and EM Tansey, Public health in the 1980s and 1990s: Decline and Rise? Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine, Vol. 26 (Welcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2006) View transcript

The Big Smoke: Fifty Years After The 1952 London Smog – A Commemorative Conference

  A conference co-organised by Dr Tony Fletcher (Public and Environmental Health Research Unit) and Professor Virginia Berridge (Centre for History in Public Health) of LSTHM to commemorate the 1952 London Smog. It was held at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, on the 9-10 December 2002. This major international Conference which attracted over 200 participants from […]

Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Public Health

This conference was organised by the History Group and the Health Promotion Research Unit to celebrate the 90th birthday of Professor Jerry Morris. It was held on Friday, 21st of July 2000, at the Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. View transcript

The Black Report and The Health Divide Black report

This witness seminar, on the 1980 Report of the Working Group on Inequalities in Health (known as the Black Report after its chairman) was held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 19th April 1999. It was part of a one-day conference on ‘inequalities and history’ which preceded a conference on inequalities […]

‘Bad Science?: The challenges of UK specialist reporting and the future of science, health, and environment news’

Andy Williams (Cardiff University) Science news is not formed in a social, economic, or cultural vacuum. It is written by people at news organisations which are cutting staff and investing fewer resources into news production than previously. Full discussions of science news in the UK must be situated in the context of the economic and […]