14 episodes

A podcast series from the National HIV Story Trust, the charity telling the story of HIV and AIDS in Britain. Presenting a perspective of the crisis in the 1980s and 1990s through the lives of a diverse set of individuals, this series recognises the true tragedy of HIV and AIDS, and shares tender stories of love, unending compassion, and the unity of a disparate community in the face of a global crisis. 
Introduced by Anita Dobson and voiced by actors Christopher Ashman, Elexi Walker, and Kay Eluvian, the series features stories taken from NHST’s first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which was published in 2021. The book and podcast series feature in short-form just some of the moving and tragic recollections that the NHST archive of over 100 filmed interviews, currently housed at the London Metropolitan Archive, capture in expansive detail. This extensive archive provides a 360-degree thought-provoking view of the AIDS pandemic in Britain through the real-life experiences of those who were there. Since 2015, over 120 interviews have been filmed with survivors, family members, friends, advocates, and medical professionals candidly remembering their personal experiences. Through archiving these films at the LMA, and sharing the stories collected through education, media, and art projects, NHST’s mission is to preserve the story the HIV and AIDS pandemic for those who know it, and to teach it for the first time to those who do not.

Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories From The AIDS Pandemic National HIV Story Trust

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A podcast series from the National HIV Story Trust, the charity telling the story of HIV and AIDS in Britain. Presenting a perspective of the crisis in the 1980s and 1990s through the lives of a diverse set of individuals, this series recognises the true tragedy of HIV and AIDS, and shares tender stories of love, unending compassion, and the unity of a disparate community in the face of a global crisis. 
Introduced by Anita Dobson and voiced by actors Christopher Ashman, Elexi Walker, and Kay Eluvian, the series features stories taken from NHST’s first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which was published in 2021. The book and podcast series feature in short-form just some of the moving and tragic recollections that the NHST archive of over 100 filmed interviews, currently housed at the London Metropolitan Archive, capture in expansive detail. This extensive archive provides a 360-degree thought-provoking view of the AIDS pandemic in Britain through the real-life experiences of those who were there. Since 2015, over 120 interviews have been filmed with survivors, family members, friends, advocates, and medical professionals candidly remembering their personal experiences. Through archiving these films at the LMA, and sharing the stories collected through education, media, and art projects, NHST’s mission is to preserve the story the HIV and AIDS pandemic for those who know it, and to teach it for the first time to those who do not.

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Rupert Everett

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Rupert Everett

    Acclaimed actor and national treasure Rupert Everett describes the excitement of his youth when he first encountered the gay scene in London.  Rupert Everett's full story can be found in the NHST archive, but in this story he reveals his deepest fears as he became aware of a stalking "vampire" haunting the gay bars and clubs in the US and UK, and tells how AIDS was a 'time-bomb waiting to explode'.
    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 18 min
    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Arnold Gordon

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Arnold Gordon

    Blackliners grew out of a realisation that there were no organisations dealing with HIV that catered specifically for the black community, with the result that many HIV+ black people in the UK felt side-lined. Arnold describes the role the charity played in raising awareness and supporting the black community in various ways.


    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 8 min
    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Lord Fowler

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Lord Fowler

    As Minister of Health in the mid-1980s, Lord Fowler found himself at odds with Margaret Thatcher and other members of the Cabinet over how much attention should be paid to the AIDS pandemic. Some neat political manoeuvring enabled him to run a memorable public health campaign which made the nation aware that HIV and AIDS could affect anyone.
    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 12 min
    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Barbara von Barsewisch

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Barbara von Barsewisch

    Barbara von Barsewisch trained as a nurse in London in the early 1990s and worked on Broderip Ward, the HIV ward at the Middlesex Hospital, for ten years. She went on to work at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the Kobler Day Care Unit, where she developed an expertise in caring for patients with AIDS-related cancers, especially lymphomas. Caring for patients with AIDS in the 1990s was a nursing experience unlike any other. It was a time when the rule book went out of the window and some extraordinary and moving interactions between nursing staff and patients helped to ease the passing of many of the people in Barbara’s care.
    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 14 min
    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Jonathan Blake

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Jonathan Blake

    Actor Jonathan Blake describes the excitement of his youth when he first encountererd the gay scene in London and San Francisco. His story is both delicious and dangerous and life was joyful. He tells how he had to rally against ‘a terrifying disease’ and the world stopped. Jonathan reveals how the impact changed his behaviours, but his humour and exuberant love of life continues.
    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 12 min
    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Flick Thorley

    Love, Loss & Life: Real Stories from the AIDS Pandemic: Flick Thorley

    In the early years of the AIDS pandemic, the focus was on the physical needs of people with the illness. But by the 1990s it was becoming clear that people with AIDS could also become acutely psychiatrically unwell, often as a result of the illness attacking the brain, and that the NHS didn’t have the facilities to cope with this aspect of the condition. Flick Thorley recalls the pioneering work she was involved with at that time which helped remedy the situation, and the care given by the London Lighthouse.
    This podcast series features stories taken from our first book, a collection of essays, reflections, and testimonies also entitled ‘Love, Loss & Life’ which you can buy here.

    An audiobook is also available here.

    Visit the National HIV Story Trust website

    • 12 min

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Kewaunee Gal ,

Very moving

Thank you for documenting this history. I lived through this period, lost acquaintances, and volunteered legal services to draft wills for PWAs.

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