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Outernet celebrates the 75th anniversary of Britain’s National Health Service by bringing together two new exhibitions that explore the role of care and migration in the NHS.

Photo of NHS workers sitting on a sofa

The Migration Museum has commissioned SPEAK, a new music and film installation exploring the relationship between care and migration. Created by artists Emmanuel Sugo and Kaia Laurielle, SPEAK features the voices and perspectives of seven first and second-generation migrant NHS workers. Through song and storytelling, these personal experiences form the emotional centre of the installation, exploring how their experience as migrants has informed their work, the challenges and sacrifices they have made, and the rewards they have found.

Aditi Anand, Artistic Director at the Migration Museum said:

“SPEAK explores themes of care and migration, the vital role that migrants have always played in the NHS and the extent to which, just like the NHS, migration is central to the very fabric of who we are in Britain – as individuals, as communities and as a nation. Now more than ever, this is a story that needs to be told.”

SPEAK will make its London debut on Tuesday 4 July at the Now Pop One space at Outernet London.

Camden Council is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NHS with ‘Who Cares for Camden’, an exhibition  to showcase the achievements and contributions of their past and present staff. 

Where? Outernet London, Tottenham Court Road station from 4th to 9th July.

Portrait of NHS worker in uniform by Rankin

Photo by Rankin

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service - Britain’s first universal free health care system that was created for everyone who needs it. To celebrate the achievements and contributions of the NHS and their staff, the Camden Council has partnered with Rankin Creative, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), London Metropolitan University, the London Irish Centre and Outernet London, to create a photo exhibition of the diverse communities in Camden who have worked or currently work for the NHS.

The exhibition, taking place at Outernet from 4th to 9th July, includes a series of powerful moving photographs taken by Rankin alongside voiceovers to explain the history and accomplishments of the NHS over the last 75 years.  

Titled ‘Who Cares for Camden’, the exhibition explores the different forms of care, including who gives care, what it means to care, what motivates people to help others, and how communities can care for the NHS. 

Camden’s NHS 75 programme will reflect and celebrate Camden communities that came from the commonwealth and beyond to work for the NHS, from the Windrush and Irish communities to all the 200 communities today who have been vital in keeping the NHS running.

Kirsten Watters, Camden’s Director of Health and Wellbeing said:

As we celebrate 75 years of the NHS, we thank staff – past and present – for all their hard work and commitment to supporting communities in the borough and beyond. The NHS is part of many of our lives, and I encourage as many people as possible to visit the Outernet exhibition to learn more about how Camden residents have helped shape the brilliant service it is today.

For more information, head to Love Camden website.

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