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Pathé: A Healthier Britain

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is ‘A Healthier Britain’ explaining the government’s scheme to create a National Health Service in 1944.


With this film, students could consider:

What was life like before the NHS?

What benefit would the NHS provide for the country?

Who could use the NHS?

What does the NHS provide?

What was the aim of the service?


This film clip can be used for studies of Medicine through time, alongside related documents such as those in our Significant Events collection, Atlee’s Britain collection or our Cabinet Papers website.

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