Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Time Activity Venue
From 16.00 Check in for early arrivals Vine Court
18.30 Pre-conference dinner for early arrivals

(booking required; e-mail

Please note that this is not included in the conference fee

Clove Hitch Restaurant


Leave Vine Court at 18.15

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Time Activity Venue
8.00–9.00 Breakfast for early arrivals Vine Court
10.00–12.00 Registration and check in

Tea & coffee

Rendall Foyer
12.00–13.15 Plenary : Reflections on British Philanthropy

Frank Prochaska, Oxford University

Rendall Lecture Theatre 8
13.15–14.15 Lunch Vine Court


Parallel Paper Session A Seminar Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6
15.45–16.15 Tea & coffee Rendall Foyer
16.15–17.45 Parallel Paper Session B Seminar Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6
17.45–19.15 Voluntary Action Walkabout with John Lansley Meet in Rendall Foyer
19.30 Dinner Vine Court
After dinner Voluntary Action History Quiz with Bill Rushbrooke as Quizmaster  Augustus John Pub
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Time Activity Venue
8.00–9.00 Breakfast Vine Court
9.30–11.00 Parallel Paper Session C Seminar Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6
11.00–11.30 Tea & coffee Rendall Foyer
11.30–13.00 Parallel Paper Session D Seminar Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6
13.00–14.00 Lunch Vine Court
14.00–18.45 Excursion to Port Sunlight led by Pat Starkey  Meet at entrance to Vine Court
19.30–20.00 Drinks reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of VAHS

Host: Bill Rushbrooke

Victoria Gallery and Museum
20.00–late Conference dinner

Jazz jollification:
Home Brew
(Colin Rochester’s band)

Victoria Gallery and Museum


Friday, 15 July 2016
Time Activity Venue
8.00–9.00 Breakfast Vine Court
9.30–11.00 Parallel Paper Session E Seminar Rooms 3, 4, 5, 6
11.00–11.30 Tea & coffee Rendall Foyer
11.30–12.30 Plenary Panel: Thinking about the Past, Thinking about the Future: What have we learned?

Ellen Ross and George Campbell Gosling

Rendall Lecture Theatre 8
12.30 Lunch Vine Court


Parallel Paper Sessions

Wednesday, 13 July, 14:15–15.45: Session A



(Seminar Room 3)

Fundraising in Modern Britain

Chair: Virginia Berridge

Sarah Roddy, A Catholic Ethic? Interpreting religious fundraising in Ireland, 1850–1921
Julie Marie Strange, Bertrand Tithe and Sarah Roddy, Monetising compassion? Fundraising for overseas disasters in late Victorian Britain
George Campbell Gosling, Voluntarism without Philanthropy? Fundraising and the British National Health Service


(Seminar Room 4)

Engaging young people in voluntary action

Chair: Georgina Brewis

Christine G. Krüger, Youth Community Service in Britain and West Germany, 1945–1990
Lyndy Pooley, Youth and Local Community Engagement in Devon in the 1960s: Voluntary Sector or State Control after the Albemarle Report?


(Seminar Room 5)

Not all friends together: Tensions in and among voluntary organisations 

Chair: Bill Rushbrooke

Michael Nelles, Perspectives on the local from the national: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and their uneasy friendship with the Oxford Preservation Trust
Kathleen Vongsathorn, Decolonization and Philanthropy: Governments, Missions, Charities and Leprosy Control in Uganda, c.1945–1980
Kate Bradley, Imagining the needs of the ‘poor’: free legal advice and the working classes in Britain, 1900–1950


(Seminar Room 6)

Changing the game: The power of ‘outsiders’

Chair: Megan Webber

Demetrio Xoccato, A philanthropic institution in Liberal Italy: the Asili Notturni ‘Umberto I’ (1886–1925)
Alison Penn, Poverty, health and women’s voluntary action: a reflection on the moving frontier of voluntary and state action in England 1900–1939
Anne O’Brien, ‘The homeless’ in Australia: Indigenous activists and white advocates, 1940–1974


Wednesday, 14 July, 16:15–17.45: Session B



(Seminar Room 3)

Charity Archives Workshop (sponsored by the British Academy Research Project  Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain)

Moderators: Georgina Brewis and Charlotte Clements

This session is open to staff, volunteers and trustees of local voluntary organisations as well as conference delegates; there will be a networking session with refreshments after the workshops.


(Seminar Room 4)

Communities in business: Co-operation and social enterprise 

Chair: Bill Rushbrooke

Sylvain Celle, An historical detour by the Cooperative Spirit during the interwar period in France (1918–1939)
Leslie Huckfield, Social Enterprise came before New Labour: Neglect of UK Antecedents from the 1970s onwards has Miscast the Role of Social Enterprise
Gillian Murray, The Muddy Frontier: developing an historical perspective on community business and health inequalities, Glasgow, 1980–1998


(Seminar Room 5)

Higher and adult education: The limits of philanthropy 

Chair: Bob Snape

Daniel Rugaas, Charitable funding of university education in Norway from c.1820 up to 1947
Mark Freeman, Adult education, the ‘voluntary spirit’ and the state in early post-war Britain
Simone Kraemer, What role for philanthropy in the provision of higher education in the contemporary era?


(Seminar Room 6)

Campaigning in communities: The awkward squad in London

Chair: Alison Penn

Michael Locke, Activism and organisation: Creating a community nursery in 1970s Notting Hill
Louis Carserides, Fighting the ‘Masterplan’: A Mixed Methods Analysis of the Crystal Palace Community Association’s Battle to Preserve a Grade II* Historic Victorian Park, 2008–2013
Virginia Berridge, Unambiguous voluntarism? WHAT (West Hampstead Amenity and Transport) and the politics of local voluntarism, 1970s–2016


Thursday, 14 July, 9:30–11.00: Session C



(Seminar Room 3)

Going beyond: Thinking about transnational philanthropy

Chair: Kerrie Holloway

Laura Michel, The cosmopolitanism of voluntary action: Roberts Vaux of Philadelphia and philanthropy in the long eighteenth century
Norbert Götz, Transnational Catholic Relief Efforts during the Great Irish Famine
Andrew Jones, ‘A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep’: Public Support for Aid and Humanitarianism in Contemporary Britain


(Seminar Room 4)

Looking good: Images and presentation in fundraising

Chair: Mike Locke

Mary Clare Martin, ‘Children raise money for children’: the ‘priceless’ child, citizenship and hospital fund-raising in Britain and North America, 1850–1950
Monika Baár, Historical Perspectives on the Role of the ‘Cuteness Factor’ in the Activities of Guide Dogs Charities


(Seminar Room 5)

Professionalisation in the voluntary sector

Chair: Caitriona Beaumont

Muriel GlaserNeveu, The contribution of the Victoria Women’s Settlement to the redefinition of social work in Liverpool (1897–1909)
Charlie Chih-Hao Lee, The Workers’ Educational Association, Oxford and the State: the Threat of Professionalism to the University Tutorial Classes, 1919–39
Charlotte Clements, Lady Albemarle’s Youth Workers: Contested professional identities in youth work, 1938–1985


Thursday, 15 July, 11:30–13.00: Session D



(Seminar Room 3)

Personal choices in philanthropy: Who, what, where and why?

Chair: Michael Nelles

John Peter Collett, Norway before the welfare state: Mapping a 19th century culture of charity
Jean Smedley, Values of a Case Study: Robert William Inglis From 1843 to the Present
Sarah Flew, Personal Philanthropy and Geographical Focus: a study of the geographical reach of the philanthropy of Lord Overstone through an analysis of his charitable account books (1844–1883)


(Seminar Room 4)

Living archives: Innovative uses for voluntary action history

Chair: Sarah Lloyd

Alison Montgomery, Thinking about your past to think about your present (and future): The case of Nottingham CVS
Rob Baker, What does a living archive look like, or who put that piece of cake in my archive?


(Seminar Room 5)

Moving frontiers: Boundaries between voluntary action and the state

Chair: Pat Starkey

Bob Snape, Juvenile Organisations Committees and the Regulation of Leisure in Inter-War Britain
Michael Lambert, Rediscovering charity or poverty? Voluntary action, state intervention and family welfare in post-war Liverpool, 1945–74
Sharon Clancy, ‘Charity is a cold grey loveless thing’ – Rights not Charity: the Evolution of the Welfare State


(Seminar Room 6)

Local participation and campaigning

Chair: Alison Penn

Keisuke Masaki, The Development of Local Tory Clubs and Societies: A Case Study of the Political Participation of Voluntary Associations in Early Nineteenth Century Britain
Caitriona Beaumont, Leisure and Voluntary Action: How British housewives’ associations utilised the concept of leisure to encourage female voluntary action in the inter-war years
Ruth Davidson, ‘Branches ”blossom and flourish like leaves on a tree, and will wither and perish” but the poor are always with us’: The conflicted history of the branches of the British campaigning organisation the Child Poverty Action Group, 1965–2015


Friday, 15 July, 9.30–11.00: Session E



(Seminar Room 3)

Mobilising communities: Opportunities and obstacles

Chair: Louis Carserides

Sue Rawcliffe, A Tale of Two Experiments: 1819–1823 and 1972–1978, West of Scotland
Gaynor Humphreys, Twenty-five years of community foundation development in the UK: the reinvention of community philanthropy


(Seminar Room 4)

Revisiting the 1930s: The many faces of humanitarian relief

Chair: Shirley Otto

Kerrie Holloway, Contextualising Aid to Spain: Where does the Spanish Civil War fit in the humanitarian narrative?
Ellen Ross, A ‘Creative’ Relief Assignment: Francesca Wilson in Republican Spain, 1937–1939

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