Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Our seminars are currently on hold, and we hope to be back on track this autumn. For more information, or to register your interest in presenting at a seminar, please contact our seminar convenor – Mike Locke – at mike.s.locke@gmail.com.


08/03/21: We will be holding a series of talks between April and June 2021. First up, on 19 April 2021, Professor Pat Thane will give a talk entitled “Well-bred and conventional ladies”: The National Council of Women and Voluntary Action in UK, 1895-1939. This talk will explore the early years of the National Council of Women, which was set up in the 1890s to support women voluntary workers and then became active in ever more fields as it grew. You can register for the talk here

22/02/21: Our International Conference, VOLUNTARY ACTION IN CHANGING TIMES: CREATING HISTORY OR REPEATING IT? will now be held on 13-15 July 2022 at the University of Liverpool. We have been working in partnership with the University, which has extended our contract (again) at no increased cost. We will be reaching out to confirmed speakers and putting out a new call for papers for additional speakers soon.

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’).


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