22 July Why were children with mental illnesses included in a nineteenth-century charity’s emigration scheme? Steven J. Taylor explores this question in this month’s feature blog post.
21 May Mike Mantin shares his impressions of a recent workshop on disability history in his new blog post. You can read it here.
20 May Victorian Cities Revisited: Heritage and History Conference will be held in Middlesbrough on 15-16 October, 2014. Voluntarism and philanthropy were key to shaping the Victorian city and continue to play a vital role in the celebration of its heritage and challenging of its legacy. Submissions from voluntary action researchers are welcome. Find the call for papers here.
9 May In this month’s feature blog post, Ann Nehlin explores attempts by the Swedish Save the Children Fund to reconcile politics and humanitarianism during and after the Second World War. Read more here.
6 May Michael Weatherburn gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming VAHS seminar in our latest blog post. You can read it here.
5 May Marie-Luise Ermisch, winner of the History Workshop Bursary to attend the VAHS Conference in July 2013, has written a report on the conference. It has been recently published in the Spring 2014 issue of The History Workshop Journal.
28 April The programme for the Volunteering as leisure: leisure as volunteering conference at the University of Sheffield on 4 June 2014 is now available here.
19 April ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The Annual General Meeting of the Voluntary Action History Society will be held between 4.30 and 5.15 in IHR Room 233 (Senate House, Malet Street, University of London) on Monday 12 May (*please note the change in time*). Members of the charity should send nominations for election to the Executive Committee to Sarah Lloyd (Secretary) in writing at least 14 days before the meeting: .
14 April Peter Grant gives us a preview of his new book, Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War, and argues for a different understanding of the role of voluntary action in the war period. Read more here.
12 March This week on the blog, George Gosling introduces a book he will be writing to fulfill a new publishing contract and reflects upon the place of payment in the history of healthcare. Read more here.
3 March Bridget Lockyer reflects upon Oral Histories of Voluntary Action, a recent VAHS New Researchers event, in her guest blog post. Read more here.
24 February A new feature blog marks Student Volunteering Week 2014. Georgina Brewis argues that students have used volunteering to demonstrate the wider social value of higher education across the generations. You can read her article here.
19 January Sarah Mills shares her thoughts on the Scout Movement in our January feature. You can read her article here.
2 December Our final feature article of the year comes from Jo Laycock, who looks back on the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Armenian earthquake and offers a story of disaster and relief at the end of the Cold War. You can read her article here.
1 November We are pleased to publish as our November feature article an exclusive extract from Richard Huzzey’s ‘Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain’, published by Cornell University Press. Find out how the defining Victorian humanitarian movement fared after its calls for abolition were granted here.
19 October CALL FOR PAPERS: Steffen Werther of Södertörn University is seeking one or two additional papers for his panel on Voluntary Transnational Food and and the Emergence of Global Civil Society, which has been accepted for the Fourth European Congress on World and Global History: Encounters, Circulations and Conflicts, taking place in Paris from 4-7 September 2014. Details here.
1 October Edited versions of the two prize winning postgraduate papers from the VAHS’s summer 2013 fifth international research conference have now been published on our blog as two of our monthly feature articles. Our September feature, from her CGAP student prize paper, was ‘Institutional Homeliness: Charitable Initiatives of Domesticity in the Victorian Children’s Welfare Insitution’ by the University of Manchester’s Claudia Soares of the University of Manchester. Our October feature, from his New Researchers prize paper, is ‘The Influence of Disability Organisations’ by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Gareth Millward.
19 August Our new seminar convenor has written for the VAHS blog with a sneak preview of what we have lined up for our upcoming autumn 2013 seminars, to be hosted at the University of London’s Institute for Historical Research, which you can read here.
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