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A HIDDEN HISTORY:
African Women and the
British Health Service

1930–2000

Following celebrations of the NHS' 70th anniversary in 2018, YHP turned its attention to the memorialisation of Black women's contributions in Britain. We discovered a tendency to centre the Windrush generation and wanted to widen this narrative. Hence, this project aims to shed light on the experiences, contributions, and achievements of African women in the British healthcare sector from 1930 to 2000. YHP produced an 8 episode documentary series based around oral history, archival footage, and independent research. We interviewed 36 women from a range of cultural backgrounds and careers including medicine, nursing, midwifery, and psychiatry, to celebrate their journeys and impact on British healthcare. Alongside digital learning resources, YHP also produced an eBook and commemorative hospital murals. 

 

This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and was undertaken in partnership with the Ghana Nurses Association, the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association, and the Black Cultural Archives. Read our full list of credits and special thanks here.

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Learn about YHP's journey in researching, filming, and producing this project

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Read about the lives and achievements of these early healthcare pioneers

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View photographs from our interviewees and wider

project research 

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Watch our series exploring

themes like  childhood, migration, careers in healthcare, & racism

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Read our glossary of key project terminology

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Explore our timeline of African women's involvement in

healthcare

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Explore our bank of interviews from these modern healthcare heroes

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Explore our map on the travels of historic African women healthcare workers across Britain

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Read our eBook encompassing all project materials

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HOSPITAL

mURALS

Learn about our commemorative hospital murals across the UK

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Dedicated to all African women healthcare workers
In memory of all who lost their lives due to the COVID–19 pandemic

CREDITS

 With special thanks to all of our interviewees for sharing their stories with us:

Zainab Abbas

Hala Abusin

Dr Mary Adi

Esther Adi

Adwoa Agyei-Benhene

Jacqueline Alby

Zahra Ali

Gloria Amani

Sarah Amani

Joyce Anderson

Cecilia Anim

Helen Anin-Boateng

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

Esther Bentil

Joanna Brown

Priscilla Dike

Dr Rahma Elmahdi

Dr Teresa Emelle

Shuvai Foley

Dr Bernadine Idowu

Fayida Johnson

Midah Mamiale

Monica

Mukai Moyo

Lucia Msika

Sylvia Owusu Nepaul 

Glynis Neslen

Dr Remi Odejinmi

Ngozika Ogundu

Funmi Oke

Favour Olagunju

Dr Lola Oni

Mariama Seray-Wurie

Iyamide Thomas

Dr Olu Wilkey

YHP Team2018–2022: 

Florence Adeoye

Alice Agyeman

Arista Ajidele

India-Mae Alby

Aatika Ayoub

Aimee Baruwa

Perry Blankson

Jasmine Breinburg

Frankie Chappell

Gianna Daley

Rianna Davis

Alex Douglas-Bailey

Kamara Dyer Simms

Daniella Ekundayo

Freya Flavin

Hannah Foleng

Hannah Francis

Jenna Green

Mia Henderson

Isra Hussein

Stephanie Keen

Kaitlene Koranteng

Joella Lawes

Sue Lemos

Freya Lewis

Deanna Lyncook

Montaz Marché

Olivia Mason

Chloe May

Sarah Moreno

Cameron Myers

Toyin Odusan

Joshua Olakanpo

Ayomide Oluyemi

Jacob Otikenteng

Tionne Parris

Ijeoma Peter

Carol Pierre

Lamesha Ruddock

Shamica Ruddock

Fatimah Saccoh

Akosua Sarpong

Ribeka Seyoum

Josephine Small

Lois South

Aleja Taddesse

Christina Vassell

Shekinah Vera-Cruz

Olivia Wyatt

 

With thanks to: 

Project Coordinator: A.S. Francis

Consultant Historian: Professor Hakim Adi

 

Black Cultural Archives

Everyday Muslim

Fairfield House 

George Padmore Institute

London Metropolitan Archives

Rainbow Collective

Royal College of Nursing

Royal United Hospital Bath

Iconic Black Britons

Ghana Nurses Association

Nigerian Charitable Nurses Association

 

Beverley Brathwaite

Keith Bowers

Robert Burroughs

Michele Curtis 

Kelly Foster

Jeffrey Green

Maureen Roberts

Kevin Searle

 

This project was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Thanks to all National Lottery Players!

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