Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Next Events

*Please note that the first two seminars have swapped dates:

Monday, 3 October 2016
5.30pm, Room 304, IHR, Senate House
Charlie Chih-Hao Lee, University of Cambridge
The Workers’ Educational Association and the State: Professionalisation and the Decline of the Idealist Spirit, 1919-45

Monday, 17 October 2016
5.30pm, Room 304, IHR, Senate House
Paul V. Dudman and Rumana Hashen, Co Founders of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration working group on refugee archives
Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion? Oral history, civic engagement and the importance of refugee archives

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Recent News

20 September 2016 Northumbria University will be hosting a conference entitled ‘Is there a democratic deficit in archives?‘ on 24–25 January 2017. The conference will explore the idea of an accountability gap in the archives created by existing public oversight of the process for releasing official records via the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council and the Information Commissioner, but no oversight of the creation, selection or disposition of records. For more information, see the conference blog.

25 July 2016 The next VSSN Day Seminar will take place at the University of  Birmingham on Tuesday 22 November. Entitled ‘Youth social action: What do we know about young people’s participation?‘, the conference will explore the broad theme of youth social action. If you would like to propose a paper for the day, please submit an abstract of around 250 words and a brief biography by email to Emma Taylor at e.taylor.2@bham.ac.uk no later than 3 August 2016.

21 June 2016 Michael Locke has written a blog post on Maxilla Nursery Centre (1978–2015), highlighting themes of community action and partnership with local authorities. You can find his blog post here.

18 April 2016 The 2016 AGM will take place at 4.30 on 16 May in room 304 of the IHR. This meeting will be immediately followed by the VAHS seminar.

11 February 2016 Andrew Rudd has written a blog post on the lessons we can learn from 18th-century charity. You can find his blog post here.

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Latest Blog Posts

Community building in Notting Hill: online archive for nursery centre by Michael Locke

Charity in the Georgian Era: Lessons for Today? by Andrew Rudd

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If you have any voluntary action-related news or events you would like posted on the VAHS website, please email Kerrie Holloway at k.k.holloway@qmul.ac.uk.