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TitlePeople's League of Health
Ref NoPLH
LevelCollection
Date[1917-1935]
Extent2 boxes (18 files)
Admin Biographical HistoryThe People's League of Health was founded in 1917 by Olga Nethersole (1870-1951). Its object was to raise the standard of health of the nation. As noted in a pamphlet on the League written in 1936, it "endeavours to stimulate research, to co-ordinate research, and to spread the knowledge obtained by research among the general body of the people" ("The work of the People's League of Health - yesterday, to-day and to-morrow").

In the 1920s the League organised health education lectures for teachers, prisoners and the general public. It also published pamphlets and produced a propaganda play, "The writing on the wall" ("on the physical, mental and moral effect of the one and two roomed home on the development of the child").

The League was represented in various conferences. In May 1924 it organised an International Conference at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, on the subject of, "The latest knowledge regarding causes, treatment and prevention of disease". In 1925, the League held a conference at the Medical Society of London on, "The need for education in personal hygiene".

In 1920, the League established a Liaison Committee with the Ministry of Health. It also organised a number of deputations to the government, including on issues relating to unemployment (July-August 1922) and the need for medical examination of delinquents (1924). In 1925, a deputation of the League presented Neville Chamberlain its findings from the previous year's International Conference.
DescriptionSmall collection of papers of the People's League of Health mainly from the 1920s, written or kept by Olga Nethersole, its founder and honorary organiser. The collection consists of:
Correspondence regarding Lay Council membership and attendance (PLH/1-2).
Reports of the first AGM, 1922 (PLH/3).
Reports on the League, 1924-5 (PLH/4-5).
Reports on the League's deputations to the government and TUC (PLH/1/6-9).
Transcripts of two lectures (PLH/10-11).
Correspondence (PLH/12-14).
Pamphlets (PLH/15).
Olga Nethersole's appointments diary, 1928 (PLH/16).
Notes and a few other papers (PLH/17-18).
Related MaterialOther papers of the People's League of Health are in COLL MISC 0077 (papers regarding tuberculosis). Some pamphlets of the League are held elsewhere in LSE Archives and further details of these are available on the Library catalogue.
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