Health Education Council and Health Education Authority

  • Health Education Council
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Records created by The Health Education Council (HEC) 1968-1987, The Health Education Authority (HEA) 1987-2000 and some belonging to The Health Development Agency (HDA) 2000-2005, where there has been overlap with the records of the HEA - its predecessor body.
Includes early responses to AIDS, smoking, alcohol, antenatal care, health education in schools, TB, nutrition, sex education, contraception and family planning. Information of major health promotion campaigns and other public health initiatives.



Physical description

513 boxes, 2 digital items


The collection is split into an A and B section, these relate to the Registered and Non Registered files. The registered section (A) contained files labelled with a registered number as a form of internal cataloguing. This has been followed in the cataloguing structure and is recorded in the "Previous Numbers" section of the catalogue. The non registered section (B) contained files and loose papers with no registered number, a form of internal cataloguing. The structure of the registered sections was followed where possible and then material was grouped in sections that seemed most likely.

Acquisition note

Gift, 2/6/2014

Biographical note

The Health Education Council was established in 1968 by the government, as a company limited by guarantee. The HEC was concerned with the planning and promotion of health education at a national level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was an independent NDPB supported in main by the Department of Health and Social Security and was registered as a charity. In April 1987, the Council's functions were transferred to the HEA.
The Health Education Authority was established in 1987 as a special health authority to encourage health education and health promotion and largely funded by the UK government's Department of Health. The HEA was wound up in March 2000 and most of its functions, apart from the public information function, which went to Health Promotion England, were passed to the Health Developement Agency.

Related material

At Wellcome Collection: Two videoreels containing 'Heartbeat Award' and 'Heartbeat', 1987 have been transferred to the Moving Image and Sound Collection. See online catalogue for more details.

Copyright note

Crown copyright

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Ownership note

The records were not selected for permanent preservation by The National Archives as they did not fall within their selection criteria. They were presented to the Wellcome Trust by the Lord Chancellor under s.3(6) of the Public Records Act 1958 and thereby cease to be public records and become the property of the Wellcome Trust. As such the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, but the Wellcome Library should make the records available for public access under comparable terms and conditions. The Places of Deposit Officer at the TNA, Nicholas Coney, approved the presentation, but due to its timing in the financial year the information will not be published until the next but one annual report, however the TNA are obliged to give details upon request.

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Accession number

  • 2086
  • 2094
  • 2108
  • 2113
  • 2119
  • 2144
  • 2162
  • 2184
  • 2216
  • 2263
  • 2272