The NHS and the Legacies of Empire | International Symposium at the Centre for British Studies

This two-day international symposium marks the 75th anniversary of the British National Health Service (NHS) by focusing on a neglected theme in the organisation’s history, culture and current medical practices. 'The NHS and the legacies of empire' investigates the influence of race, colonialism and migration on different aspects of public health in the UK from 1948 through to the present day.

By showcasing recent scholarly research and community projects, this symposium aims to highlight how the NHS was established and developed during Britain’s transition from Empire to Commonwealth and to debate the future of the NHS with BME health policy experts. What is the impact of health inequalities on BME communities in the UK? How do the colonial legacies within the NHS compare with the modern German public health system?

The symposium is jointly hosted with the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité (Berlin Medical History Museum).

All are welcome.

Please register at: When registering please state if you wish to attend in person or via Zoom.


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Thu 05.10.2023 – Fri 06.10.2023, 09:00 – 20:00
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Centre for British Studies | Großbritannien-Zentrum

Mohrenstr. 60, 1st floor, room 105
10117 Berlin-Mitte

Download the programme: gbz_nhs_programme_2023_09_22-2-1.pdf

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