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Eastside Community Heritage was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conduct an oral history project that marks seventy years the National Health Service. To do this we have split the project into two parts. Firstly, by exploring the legacy of Harold Wood Hospital, a former hospital in Havering (1909 - 2006), through the oral histories of staff and service users.  Secondly, by recording a wealth of stories from London's former and current health care professionals. Through these stories we hope to trace the history of the NHS through the people who were, and are still, so integral to its formation, growth and heritage over the last seventy years. This will shed light on the wealth of meanings, beliefs, representations, and feelings that come with an institution, which is so ingrained into Britain's national identity.
Alongside collecting these histories we seek to share and explore them through workshops, exhibitions and a variety of multimedia, both online and offline. It is through these medium that the project has really taken shape.  

THREE SCORE years and ten

Eastside Community Heritage seeks to build, service and enable partnerships which record, document and preserve the experiences of different communities, through the provision of social, cultural, educational and historical activities. Our methodology incorporates education and training, with schools, families and adult learners. Eastside produces exhibitions, publications and multi media stimuli which are an opportunity for all cultures and age ranges to engage in a proactive discovery of their own and their community’s history, culture and heritage. 

Eastside Community Heritage

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