The Fourth Voluntary Action History Society Research Conference in partnership with the Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice was held at the University of Kent at Canterbury from 14 to 16 July 2010.
The conference opened with a keynote paper by Emeritus Professor Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent, who spoke on ‘From benevolence to philanthropy, 1700-1900’.
Read Professor Cunningham’s related blog article here
The following day Professor Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam University, gave an address entitled ‘A transoceanic web of reformers in the age of empire’.
Excursions included walking tours of Eastbridge Hospital and Greyfriars led by Beth Breeze, a visit to Chatham Dockyard led by Peter Grant, a trip to Rochester Bridge Trust led by Anne Logan and a visit to Canterbury Cathedral.
A New Researchers’ Prize for the best paper given at the conference by a student was sponsored by the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP). The prize was awarded at the conference dinner by Professor Jenny Harrow, who judged the prize along with Professor Nicholas Deakin. The winner was was Eve Colpus of New College, Oxford University for her paper ‘New philanthropy, older women: Re-examining the “new philanthropy” debate in interwar Britain’. There were two runners up: Oliver Blaiklock and Henk Looijesteijn. You can read Henk’s paper ‘Charity seems to be very National among them’. Motives for Founding of Almshouses in the Netherlands c.1350-c.1800 online.