On Friday 10th of Novemeber at Enfield County School we had Hannah Elizabeth and Daisy Payling – historians of health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Maria Popham and Marcus Richards – who both work on the National Survey of Health and Development at University College London, and Emily Tracy an artist, visit to deliver an innovative workshop to our Year 12 Art, Photography and Health and Social Care students.
The unique outreach event informed students about what The Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) is - Britain’s longest running cohort study, long-term health surveys, and how the health and life circumstances of its study members have changed over the last 72 years.
One of the ways the research team work to keep participants interested and participating each year is to send them an annual birthday card. The birthday cards have become very symbolic and important to the study members but visually they have become quite repetitive.
Students took part in an engaging talk and discussion with the health researchers and historians about health surveys, how they have been run and what they have been used for. Following the discussion and drawing inspiration from past birthday cards that have been sent, the artist Emily Tracy led a collage workshop and students used materials such as past punch cards, old study birthday cards and images from vintage magazines to create new birthday card designs. One of the designs will be chosen and used for the next years birthday card.
The workshop was a great success and students had an opportunity to contribute creatively to an ongoing scientific project through their design of the birthday cards and learnt so much about The Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) - Britain’s longest running cohort study in an innovative way.