In Memoriam; or, Getting Personal

Last week I finally said goodbye to my Nan. I wouldn't normally blog about something so personal, but her influence has guided so much of my academic career to date that she deserves a mention. Besides, the academic and the personal aren't so easy to separate as we might imagine. History is written by people. Historians are …

NHS History on Radio 4

I had an unexpected birthday present over the weekend - a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the history of the NHS. On Saturday evening, Archive on 4: Cradle to Grave told the story of the QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City. In 1963 this district general became the first purpose-built hospital to be planned, built and opened …