Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Our seminars have returned! This term we will be meeting online, and booking should be made through the IHR website. Autumn term seminars will be announced soon.



17/05/21: For our second talk in our series, we hosted Kate Bradley, Reader in Social History and Social Policy, University of Kent, who gave a talk entitled ‘Social change, community action and accessible legal advice, 1960-1980’, examining how advice services (legal and other types) were used as a means of enabling marginalised individuals and communities to navigate the welfare state and to assert themselves against local authorities, retailers and landlords in the period 1960 to 1990. You can listen to the audio of the talk below.

20/04/21: We were excited to host our first talk last evening. Professor Pat Thane gave a talk entitled ‘”Well-bred and conventional ladies”: The National Council of Women and Voluntary Action in UK, 1895-1939’. This talk explored 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 listen to the audio of the talk below.

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’).