Our centenary year

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As the oldest cardiology society in the world, for the past 100 years we have been leading the way in providing educational and training opportunities, publications dedicated to the specialty, and platforms for debate. Our centenary on 22 April 2022 enables us not only to celebrate the history of our society and the contribution of UK cardiology to global cardiovascular care, but also to look to the future, showcasing the developments that will transform our specialty in the coming decades. Here’s a snapshot of our year and what to look out for.

Centenary edition of Heart from BCS/BMJ Journals

A centenary edition of Heart is being published on 22 April. Guest editors Iain Simpson and Simon Ray on the edition:

'This centenary edition provides a historical perspective of the British Cardiovascular Society, its influence in the evolution of cardiac care both in the UK and beyond. It also provides insight into how it has evolved from an exclusive club to a diverse community of cardiovascular healthcare professionals, faced the challenges of modern cardiology, and developed close national and international associations with other professional societies along the way.'

The edition includes an article by BCS Curator Caroline Coats on the history of the society.

Centenary BCS Annual Conference 6-8 June at Manchester Central

  • This year’s conference will have several special centenary-related aspects:
  • Five centenary lectures given by key figures in cardiology
  • Cardiology Around the World Day featuring presentations from international cardiac societies on Tuesday 7 June
  • Centenary Hub – where you can learn more about the history of the BCS and our affiliated societies, key developments in cardiology and hear a preview of our BCS100 Voices oral history project
  • Talks from BCS archivist Dr Caroline Coats and the Medical Museum of Manchester, with related objects from the history of cardiology on display

The BCS100 Voices Project

Later in the year we’ll be launching BCS100 Voices, an oral history project interviewing key figures in cardiology. Long-form intimate interviews enable the subjects to open up and record their career highs and lows and the challenges they faced in the context of the health services of their time. The project is a significant addition to the history of medicine and will give us a richer understanding of the past.

#CardioFutures stream

Launching in a few weeks’ time, our #CardioFutures stream of interviews is the perfect counterpoint to our 100 Voices Project. We’ve been interviewing key figures in cardiology about their concerns, hopes and wishes for the future – and what they want the future of cardiology to look like. Selected interviews will be featured on our website, at our annual conference and on our social media feeds from time to time. Get involved and together we will build a picture of the ideal future for cardiology.

Get involved in our #CardioFutures stream by recording your own 2-minute video on what the future of cardiology should look like and sending it to comms@bcs.com

#BCS100 Twitter stream

Over the coming months, @BritishCardioSo will be featuring the facts, figures and folk of cardiology – pioneers, developments, our history and that of our affiliate societies. Join in using #BCS100 to promote your favourite people, places and inventions.