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.


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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