Many Happy Returns - Space2


Space2 is delighted to announce that it has received a Heritage Lottery grant to run a project which celebrates the 70th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS).

This year-long project will take place in the east and north east of the city and will collect

memories and personal stories of life and health both before and after the establishment of the NHS in 1948.

The aim of the project is to create an exhibition which will tour to three Leeds libraries, culminating in a display at The Old Fire Station in Gipton, where Space2 is based.

Look out for bunting making workshops over the summer, where you can share your NHS story.  We will also be visiting local groups in the autumn with our tea, cake and conversations workshops.  We hope to discover your stories to share and find volunteers who would like to help curate the final exhibition.  Training will be given, so no experience is necessary.  If you are interested in taking part, get in touch.

Local people will be involved in the creation of a book documenting 12 of the stories collected, with photographs of the contributors; three banners, crafted in traditional Trade Union style; four hospital screens printed with collages of stories, memories, quotes and photographs; and an appliquéd chair decorated with the quotes and memories collected.  A digital collection of stories and the resources made will also be available.

We hope to record those whose voices have yet to be heard, for whom the NHS was, and still is, a life saver; people who came from all over the world to support its implementation and are part of its skilled and diverse workforce today.

For further information about Space2’s ‘Many Happy Returns’ project contact Dawn Fuller on or 0113 320 159 ext 2


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