History and Policy

The following are opinion pieces and blog posts bringing historical perspective to ongoing policy debates, with a focus on charity and healthcare.


The NHS Long Term Plan, prevention, and a century of promisesopenDemocracy, 11 January 2019


Paying for healthcare: life in Britain before the ‘free’ NHS, History Extra, 9 August 2018

Healthcare in Wolverhampton before the NHS – unusual for its timeWLV Blog, 3 July 2018

NHS 70: Before 1948, Social History Exchange, 2 July 2018

The significance of the NHSWLV Blog, 2 July 2018


Those undeserving ‘other’ people: from Obamacare to BrexitMusings, 7 May 2017


Charity and the NHS ChoirPeople’s History of the NHS, 19 December 2016

Art Trails and Charity AuctionsPeople’s History of the NHS, 13 September 2016

The NHS’s missing £350million a weekMusings, 12 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith and NHS Privatisation, People’s History of the NHS, 3 August 2016

Australian Labor’s “Medi-scare”People’s History of the NHS, 11 July 2016

Giving Blood in the NHS, People’s History of the NHS, 14 June 2016


NHS History on Radio 4Musing, 5 August 2015

Jeremy Hunt vs the doctors, Musings, 22 July 2015

Remembering the NHS at 67, Musings, 1 July 2015

CPAG History: Then and NowMusings, 13 January 2015


A New Civil Society MinisterMusings, 29 September 2014

Baby Numbers and the NHSMusings, 7 July 2014


Big Society and the ‘new austerity’Voluntary Action History Society, 9 September 2013

Margaret Thatcher and the Voluntary Sector, Voluntary Action History Society, 17 April 2013

Is it charity if you charge?Voluntary Action History Society, 25 February 2013

Echoes of the Big Society, Voluntary Action History Society, 7 January 2013


Charity and the Coalition: Whatever Happened to the Big Society?, Voluntary Action History Society, 30 April 2012

Paying for health: Lansley’s woes and pre-NHS healthcare, History & Policy, 14 February 2012


Charity and Commerce: The Other Moving Frontier, Voluntary Action History Society, 13 November 2011

What is the big society and why should historians care?, Voluntary Action History Society, 27 June 2011



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