1945 at 75: The Week That Made Modern Britain

July 26th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1945 General Election result. The election itself was conducted three weeks earlier. While commentators across the globe predicted a landslide for Churchill, Labour hammered home their plans for social reform. Here is a day by day account of the final week of campaigning in what would... Continue Reading →

VE Day at 75: ‘This is Your Victory’

8th May 1945. Victory in Europe Day. Britain rejoices after ‘the people have fought and endured five years, eight months and four days of the bloodiest war in history’ How 'the people' and Mr Churchill, Attlee and Bevin celebrated their VE Day Crowds – of about 10,000 - began to assemble in Trafalgar Square on... Continue Reading →

New Jerusalem: How Labour Built the NHS

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Here is how Nye Bevan’s vision came to fruition and how the National Health Service Act was guided through parliament.  On the 5th July 1948, a young girl was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, to be... Continue Reading →

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