Category Archives: Features

Ever since it began in the summer of 2011, the VAHS blog has been posting short essays on the latest academic research, profiling archival collections and providing historical context to current debates. These have been a monthly feature posted on the 1st of each month since January 2013, which you can browse below.

Leisure, Voluntary Action and Social Change.

Bob Snape is a Reader in Leisure and Sport and also Head of the Centre for Worktown Studies at the University of Bolton. His research centres on the history of leisure 1850–1939. He has published on a number of voluntary organisations, … Continue reading

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Recording Leisure Lives: Cultures, Communities and Class in Leisure in 20th Century Britain – 27th March, 2018. 

  © Bolton Council. From the Humphrey Spender Worktown Collection of Bolton Library and Museum Services A Tenth Anniversary One Day Conference at the University of Bolton, presented by the University of Bolton and University Centre at Blackburn College Second … Continue reading

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Disabled Ex-Servicemen of the First World War and Christian Charity in Inter-War Britain

Bethany Rowley is a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her research examines religious charity and the experience of disabled ex-servicemen in inter-war Britain. She is a team member of the European Research Council funded ‘Men, Women and Care’ … Continue reading

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Feature: Community building in Notting Hill: online archive for nursery centre

Michael Locke is an independent writer, researcher and adviser, formerly employed by the University of East London, Volunteering England and NCVO. In this blog, Mike reports on a new archive of community history, which covers the ground of his witness … Continue reading

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Feature: Charity in the Georgian Era: Lessons for Today?

Andrew Rudd is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter and has previously worked as the Parliamentary Manager at the Charity Commission. In this blog, he reflects on the lessons learned by researching the history of 18th-century … Continue reading

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