Swindon Civic Voice is inviting everybody to learn more about the history of the NHS.

Host Adam Busby will speak about the Great Western Railway Medical Fund Society at the Central Community Centre on Thursday, January 16.

This was set up in the 1840s and existed in Swindon for a century, providing comprehensive healthcare to residents.

A spokesperson for the event said: “This society was unique. It challenged many assertions and theories of historians about social welfare and healthcare before the NHS.

“It has been claimed that the society was a forerunner of the NHS.”

Between 7pm and 9pm, the talk will explore the history of the fund, its achievements, legacy, and wider impact.

Entry is £3 for members and £5 for non-members.