London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Partners: The National Survey of Health and Development
The project was devised in collaboration with medical historian Daisy Payling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and The National Survey Health and Development. This survey is Britain’s longest running cohort study collecting information about the health and life circumstances of its study members. Since starting in 1947 the study has revealed many important findings about health inequalities and links between environment, behaviour and health and has collated and traced the lives of 5362 UK citizens. The project is a ‘participatory’ science project on a massive scale, and also a huge collection of DNA, fingernails, baby teeth and umbilical-chords, as well as teenage diaries, in addition to data on lifestyle and health.
This project took scientists and medical historians into classrooms to share the science behind the project and to create collage using archive materials from the survey. These collages were made into the annual birthday card for the remaining 1500 participants, now in their 72nd year.