Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Next Event

Monday, 31 October 2016
5.30pm, Room 304, IHR, Senate House
Susan Cohen, University of Southampton
Eleanor Rathbone, MP, and the work of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees (London 1938–1944/5)

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Recent News

13 October 2016 Bookings are now open for the next VSSN day seminar, to be held 22 November 2016, hosted by the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham in association with the #iwill campaign. The seminar will explore the broad theme of youth social action, which includes activities such as volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, political participation, democratic engagement and activism that young people do to help others and the environment. The day will include five papers on a range of different topics associated with youth social action. Full details including programme, abstract and speaker biographies, and the booking form, can be found here.

28 September 2016 UCL will be hosting a public roundtable discussion, entitled ‘Writing new histories of humanitarianism’ on 8 December 2016 at 16.00. Speakers include Professor Norbert Götz (Södertörn University, Sweden), Professor Dominque Marshall (Carleton University, Canada), Professor Bertrand Taithe (University of Manchester, UK) and Dr. Pamala Wiepking (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands) and will be chaired by Dr. Georgina Brewis of UCL Institute of Education. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

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.

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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.