Meet the new VAHS bloggers

We’re changing the way we do things here at the VAHS blog. Our usual short articles are becoming a special feature at the beginning of each month. They will continue to provide insights from the latest academic research, in-depth historical context for current debates and profiles of voluntary sector archives. The only difference is you’ll now have a month to find time to read each one.

In addition, we’ll have a new team of bloggers to keep you up to date with all the latest insights and happenings in the history of charity, campaigning and civil society. This will take the form of a more traditional blog – more informal and shorter posts, no longer than this one.

So, I hear you ask, who are these new VAHS bloggers? Well…

Dr George Campbell Gosling is me. I research the history of medicine and charity when I’m not teaching modern British history at the University of Liverpool. I’ve edited the blog until now and will continue to edit the monthly features as well as blogging myself.

Dr Kate Bradley is Lecturer in Social Policy and Social History at the University of Kent and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has written for us before on the history of social work and youth work.

Dr Georgina Brewis is a John Adams Early Career Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Education. She has been a leading member of the VAHS for a number of years now and works largely on the history of student and international volunteering.

Charlotte Clements is a research student at the University of Kent. She is also a member of VAHS New Researchers and the organiser of the society’s monthly writing group, which you can find out more about here.

Dr Eleanor Davey is a historian working for the Overseas Development Institute, where she leads the Global History of Humanitarian Aid project. She wrote her doctoral thesis on French humanitarianism and revolutionary politics during the Cold War.

Anjelica Finnegan is a research student at the University of Southampton and Chair of VAHS New Researchers. Her research focuses on the historic relationship between the government and volunteering.

Dr Lindsey Metcalf recently completely her PhD in Social Policy at the University of Liverpool. Her research explores the impact of increasing voluntary sector provision of welfare services and, in particular, the role of charity trustees.

Gareth Millward is a research student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He works on the history of disability rights campaign groups.

This is the team who will be posting regularly on the new VAHS forum. We hope you’ll be keeping an eye on what we have to say, and maybe even commenting on a post or two yourself.

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