Category Archives: Research

History, Humanitarianism and Development: New Approaches in Canada

Jill Campbell-Miller, PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo, writes for us on a recent academic gathering on her side of the pond. In Canada, there is a growing interest in the history of humanitarianism and international development within what … Continue reading

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Feature: The Domesticity of Victorian Children’s Homes

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Our September feature is an edited version of the winning CGAP student prize paper at the VAHS’s summer 2013 fifth international research conference. ‘Institutional Homeliness: Charitable Initiatives of Domesticity in the Victorian Children’s Welfare Insitution’ by Claudia Soares of the University of Manchester. … Continue reading

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Unexplored Riches in Medical History at The Children’s Society Archive

In this guest post, Janine Stanford updates us on the Unexplored Riches in Medical History Project at the Children’s Society Archive. The Children’s Society’s Unexplored Riches in Medical History project has received a second grant of £102,309 from the Wellcome … 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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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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