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Autumn 2017 Series

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Series of Voluntary Action History Seminars

This notice provides you with the dates and speakers for the four seminars which will take place this Autumn and an abstract for the opening event on 23rdOctober. And we are also taking the opportunity to remind our members and friends to take part in our brief survey of your views on our work.

Seminars for the Autumn season

In response to a number of requests these will be held at the slightly later time of 6pm. The seminar will conclude at 7.30pm when we will adjourn for a glass (or two) of wine and some informal conversation. The venue is once again Room 304 at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The details are:

23rd October:

John Stewart (Glasgow Caledonian University) on Richard Titmuss and Voluntary Action: From Problems of Social Policy to The Gift Relationship

6th November

Shirley Otto:  ‘A Maverick’s Tale’: A Witness Seminar from an independent researcher who has been working with voluntary organisations since 1975

20th November

Henry Irving (Leeds Becket University): Salvage Stewards: Promoting Recycling in the Second World War

4th December

Cathy Ross: Cloudesley: 500 years of Charity in Islington

The first seminar on Monday 23rd October 2017

Richard Titmuss and Voluntary Action: From Problems of Social Policy to The Gift Relationship.

Richard Titmuss (1907-1973) was the first Professor of Social Administration at the London School of Economics, a post which he held for the rest of his life and from which platform he became a major figure in the development of the academic field of Social Policy.  While rightly seen as a staunch, if sometimes critical, defender of state-provided social services Titmuss nonetheless engaged with voluntary provision at various points throughout his career.  Here too he could be both critical and supportive so that, for example, in his last major work The Gift Relationship Titmuss argued that the voluntary system of blood donation as existed in Britain was both economically more efficient and morally superior to systems based on the commercial purchase of blood and blood goods.  Indeed Titmuss’s underlying belief in the need for altruism in welfare can be seen as particularly sympathetic to voluntary action.  This paper examines this often neglected aspect of Titmuss’s work and philosophy of welfare.

Let us have your views about VAHS

We have recently sent a brief questionnaire to our members and supporters to seek their views about VAHS and its future direction. If you haven’t already done so, please let us have your opinions. If you haven’t had your questionnaire contact louis.carserides@outlook.com for details.

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