Category Archives: Research

Feature: Exporting Visions and Saving Children- The Swedish Save the Children Fund

Ann Nehlin is a researcher at the University of Stockholm in Sweden.  In March 2014, she gave a VAHS seminar on the relief efforts of the Swedish Save the Children Fund in the mid-twentieth century (listen to the podcast here).  In … Continue reading

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Forthcoming 2015: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-1948

  Last week I signed a book contract with Pickering and Chatto for their Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine series. I’ll now be spending the rest of this year working on the manuscript for my first monograph on … Continue reading

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Feature: The Historical Geographies of Scouting

At the VAHS Seminar of 2 December 2013 Sarah Mills, Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, gave the paper ‘”Citizen Scout”: The Historical Geographies of scouting in Britain’.  In the following interview, she expands upon the intersections of geography, citizenship, and identity in … Continue reading

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Feature: Anti-Slavery after Emancipation

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Our November feature is an exclusive extract from Richard Huzzey’s ‘Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain’, published last year by Cornell University Press, in which he explains why the book looks beyond the abolitionist societies to the wider reform movement.  … Continue reading

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Ada Chesterton’s I Lived in a Slum (1936) – sensationalist reportage or valuable historical testimony?

In this post, Kirsten Jarrett asks about the value of social investigations such as those of Ada Chesterton to historians. Are they sensationalist reportage or valuable historical testimony? Bearing in mind the numerous comparable contemporaneous texts, as well as her … Continue reading

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