Bradford’s hospitals are rounding off celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the NHS with two special events at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital.

The public is invited to celebrate the fascinating history of both hospitals in two separate ‘NHS at 60’ events.

The events allow guests to enjoy an exhibition depicting key developments in the history of both hospitals as well as a personal account from a nurse who started work during the 1960s.

Guests will also have an opportunity to hear about the changes that have taken place in Bradford during the last 60 years first-hand from one of the Foundation Trust’s governors, Astrid Hansen, who is also a key member of the Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society.

The event closes with a screening of ‘Remembering St Luke’s’ which depicts the development of St Luke’s from its beginnings as in 1850 as Bradford Poor Law Hospital, before becoming a military hospital in the First World War, the first municipal hospital on April 1, 1920 and a pioneering research centre in the development of chemotherapy.

Jacqueline Maurice, corporate affairs officer at the Foundation Trust said: “The history of St Luke’s and Bradford Royal Infirmary is a fascinating one.

“This is a rare opportunity to come along and be able to see for yourselves how our hospitals have developed and progressed over time.”

The first event is on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm in the Restaurant, Little Horton Wing, St Luke’s Hospital. The second is on Thursday, June 25, from 6pm to 8pm in the new Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Refreshments will be available at both events. Places are filling up fast and need to be booked by calling 0800 280 2581 or e-mailing