Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Our seminars are currently on hold. The Institute of Historical Research is not available for in-person seminars in the autumn term, and after the New Year it may be able to offer some limited facilities for some seminar groups in order to comply with social distancing rules. We are keeping a watching brief on what facilities will be available. We have for the moment rejected holding Zoom seminars, and we have looked into the possibility of holding in-person seminars at COVID-compliant venues (such as the Living Centre near the British Library) outside IHR. We will let you know as soon as possible what we will be doing and apologise to those confirmed speakers who are gallantly awaiting their moment. And please note we have a new seminar convenor – Mike Locke – who can be contacted on mike.s.locke@gmail.com.


14/01/21: The Archives and Records Association (ARA) seeks to celebrate the role of volunteers in supporting archive services, and to collect good practice case studies to inform the wider sector. The Archive Volunteering Award is a key strand of the work of ARA’s Volunteering in Archives, Action Plan, bringing to life the recommendations the ARA report Managing Volunteering in Archives. Nominations must be received by 7 May. For more information, click here.

24/10/20: Our 2019-2020 annual accounts are now available. You can find all our annual accounts on the ‘Annual Accounts’ page (under ‘About Us’).

01/07/20: Our International Conference, VOLUNTARY ACTION IN CHANGING TIMES: CREATING HISTORY OR REPEATING IT? will now be held on 7-9 July 2021 at the University of Liverpool. We have been working in partnership with the University, which has extended our contract at no increased cost. All speakers have indicated that they are still up for the conference next year, and we have room for additional speakers as well. If you are interested in giving a paper, please get in touch with Meta Zimmeck on mzimmeck@btinternet.com. This should be of interest to all of you who have now had time to progress on-going projects.


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