Category Archives: Forum

Since January 2013, our team of VAHS bloggers have been posting the ongoing insights and comments on all the happenings in the world of voluntary action history. You can browse these posts and offer your own thoughts on them below.

Conference Season

Later this week we’ll be heading to Huddersfield for the Voluntary Action History Society’s Fifth International Research Conference. A VAHS conference is always an occasion. In addition to a packed three days of papers presenting the latest research into the … Continue reading

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Volunteering before 1960?

Why does a dominant version of the history of volunteering suggest that volunteering reached a low ebb during the years after 1945 until a so-called ‘volunteer boom’ in the 1960s: a rediscovery of volunteering to sit alongside the better known … Continue reading

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Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times or New Opportunities?

Later this month the Policy Press will publish a new book by Dr Linda Milbourne of Birkbeck, University of London entitled Voluntary Sector in Transition: Hard Times of New Opportunities? Ahead of its publication, she shares a few thoughts with … Continue reading

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How much importance should we put on “great (wo)men”?

How important are famous individuals? It seems that “great (wo)men” histories have become less and less important in the wider discipline of history. Yet we have many examples of organisations where one or two leaders have been seemingly central to … Continue reading

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Charity, Racism and War

Since the Woolwich murder, there have been worrying scenes and disturbances as the English Defence League has sought to become associated with Help the Heroes. Such political difficulties and controversies are nothing new to the voluntary sector. Offering some historical … Continue reading

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