Seminars since 2006

Click on the title of the seminar to read the abstract. Any additional media is listed. Due to technical difficulties, not all seminars include podcasts.

2017

3 April 2017
George Campbell Gosling, University of Wolverhampton
Book Launch Seminar: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918–48
Podcast coming soon

20 March 2017
Ruth Davidson, Kings College London
The Politics of Poverty: The Child Poverty Action Group, 1965-2015
Podcast coming soon

6 March 2017
Julian Simpson, University of Manchester
The first decade of the Overseas Doctors’ Association in the UK (1975-1985): model or ‘missed opportunity’?
Podcast coming soon

20 February 2017
Justin Davis Smith, CBE, Cass Business School
Witness Seminar: My Life in Volunteering in Three Stories
Podcast coming soon

23 January 2017
Kerrie Holloway, Queen Mary University of London
‘The curtain raiser of modern relief’:British Humanitarianism during the Spanish Civil War
Podcast coming soon

2016

12 December 2016
Paul Huddie
Voluntary action, the military family and welfare, 1854–1921
Podcast coming soon

28 November 2016
Louis Carserides, LSE
Fighting the ‘Masterplan’: The Crystal Palace Community Association’s Battle to Preserve a Grade II* Historic Victorian Park, 2007–2013
Podcast coming soon

14 November 2016
Syed Owais, University of Warwick
Lost in Translation: An Historical Institutionalist Analysis of Contingencies in social mobilisation by an NGO in Pakistan since 1989
Podcast coming soon

31 October 2016
Susan Cohen, University of Southampton
Eleanor Rathbone, MP, and the work of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees (London 1938–1944/5)
Podcast coming soon

17 October 2016
Paul V Dudman and Rumana Hashen, Co Founders of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration working group on refugee archives
Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion? Oral history, civic engagement and the importance of refugee archives
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3 October 2016
Charlie Chih-Hao Lee, University of Cambridge
The Workers’ Educational Association and the State: Professionalisation and the Decline of the Idealist Spirit, 1919-45
Podcast coming soon

13 June 2016
Michael Passmore
The Untold Story of the St Pancras House Improvement Society: More than Charismatic Leadership
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16 May 2016
Caitriona Beaumont, London South Bank University
Not just a “club for girls” but “a women’s movement”: the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), citizenship and voluntary action in Britain during the interwar years
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14 March 2016
Charlotte Clements, University of Kent
More than just a ‘sticking plaster’? Voluntary youth clubs and associations in the lives of young people in London and Liverpool 1960-1985
Podcast coming soon

29 February 2016
Pat Gay
Witness seminar: The study of volunteering and volunteer management
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15 February 2016
Marcella Sutcliffe, University of Cambridge
Humanities activists and humanitarian aid in the First World War: G.M. Trevelyan, the British Red Cross and the Italian wounded
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18 January 2016
Sarah Flew, London School of Economics
A Study of Philanthropy: the Charitable Account Books of Lord Overstone, 1844-1883
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2015

14 December 2015
Andrew Rudd, University of Exeter and former Parliamentary Manager at the Charity Commission
Charity in the Georgian Era – Lessons for Today?
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30 November 2015
Bridget Lockyer, Canterbury Christ Church University
‘I never wanted to participate in a charity’: Women’s relationship to voluntary work within the UK Women’s Liberation Movement
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16 November 2015
Mike Locke, formerly of East London University and Volunteering England
Witness Seminar: A Place in a Community
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19 October 2015
Bryce Evans, Liverpool Hope University
National Kitchens during World War I
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15 June 2015
Jim Butcher, Canterbury Christ Church University
Volunteer Tourism: Development, Altruism or Narcissism?
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1 June 2015
Ian Bruce, CBE
Witness: The voluntary organisation environment 1965–75 compared to 2005–2015—a personal account
Video coming soon

20 May 2015
Gaynor Humphreys and Jenny Harrow
Witness: Girls in Gower Street—commitment, confidence and carrying on in London’s ‘LCSS’ in the 1970s
Video coming soon

11 May 2015
Alex Mold, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Patient Organisations and Health Consumerism in Britain, 1960s-2010s
Podcast coming soon

27 April 2015
Gareth Millward, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Who decides how “safe” is “safe”? The pertussis vaccine scare and the Vaccination Damage Payments Act 1979
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16 March 2015
Marian Flint
‘People of our condition have not any right to expect stability, or certainty of subsistence’—Middle-class men’s experience of receiving charity in mid-nineteenth century England
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2 February 2015
Michael Nelles, University of Southampton
Saving Winchester: Voluntary Societies, Historic Buildings and Urban Redevelopment
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19 January 2015
Duncan Scott
The Making of a Social Researcher
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2014

8 December 2014
Janine Stanford, The Children’s Society
Unexplored Riches in Medical History at The Children’s Society
Podcast coming soon

24 November 2014
Matthew Grant, University of Essex
Historicizing Citizenship in Cold War Britain: Obligations, Voluntary Action, and Exclusion
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27 October 2014
Don Harrison
Learning from Britain’s Development NGOs: A Case Study of Oxfam’s Education Department during the Development Decades 1960–1980
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13 October 2014
Andrew Jones, University of Birmingham
The Humanitarian Industry in Britain: An Early History of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), 1963–1985
No podcast available

23 June 2014
Bill Squire
Some Reflections on Philanthropy with Special Reference to Higher Education
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9 June 2014
Thomas Davies, City University London
International NGOs: New Directions for Historical Research
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12 May 2014
Michael Weatherburn, Imperial College London
Work Motivation Experiments in the Interwar Cocoa Works
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20 March 2014
Ann Nehlin, University of Stockholm
Exporting Visions and Saving Children – The Swedish Save the Children Fund
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3 March 2014
Christopher Dyer, University of Leicester
Late-medieval Methods of Poor Relief
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17 February 2014
Michael Brophy CBE, Witness
Witness: A Personal Account of the Changes in the Charity Sector, 1980–2010, with Reflections on What Next
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3 February 2014
Sir Brian Harrison, University of Oxford
Voluntarism and Democracy in Britain since the 1790s
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27 January 2014
James Crossland, Murdoch University
Spying on Charity: The Allied Investigation into Red Cross Espionage in North Africa, 1942–43
No podcast available

20 January 2014
Elizabeth Crawford
Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Frye’s Two Roles: Volunteer Suffragist/Paid Suffrage Organiser (1906–15)
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13 January 2014
Colin Rochester, Birkbeck, University of London
Revisiting the Roots of Voluntary Action
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2013

2 December 2013
Sarah Mills, Loughborough University
‘Citizen Scout’: The Historical Geographies of Scouting in Britain
No podcast available

4 November 2013
David Billis, Witness
Building a Theory of the Voluntary Sector: Reflections on Past Policy and Practice
Watch the film

20 May 2013
Kevin O’Sullivan, Galway University
All Kinds of Everything: NGOs and the ‘Globalisation’ of Ireland
No podcast available

4 May 2013
Barry Doyle, University of Huddersfield
Voluntary Action and the History of Leisure: An Overview
Mark Freeman
Education and Self-improvement
Natasha Vall
Culture and the Arts
Bob Snape
Social and Co-operative Cultures
No podcast available

11 March 2013
Claudia Soares, University of Manchester
A Permanent Environment of Brightness, Warmth and Homeliness: Children’s Experiences of Institutional Care in the Waifs and Strays Society, 1881–1914
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25 February 2013
Emma Peplow, London School of Economics
Taking the Field: Telling the Stories of Grassroots Cricket
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14 January 2013
Marcella Sutcliffe, University of Cambridge
A Liberal Education for ‘Citizens’: The Case of the Working’s Men College (1854–1914 ca.)
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2012

3 December 2012
Emily Baughan, University of Bristol
Saving the Children: Humanitarian Internationalism in Europe, 1919–1939
No podcast available

19 November 2012
Leanne Green, Manchester Metropolitan University
Advertising War: The Visual Imagery of Charity Campaigns in the First World War
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22 October 2012
Bob Snape, University of Bolton
The New Leisure, Voluntarism and Well-being in Inter-war Britain
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18 June 2012
Jennifer Jones, La Trobe University, Australia
Save Aboriginal Children: Save the Children Aboriginal Preschools, White Volunteers and the Rural Colour Bar
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21 May 2012
Chris Woolgar, University of Southampton
Food Alms for the Poor in Late Medieval England
No podcast available

12 March 2012
Laura Balderstone, University of Liverpool
Mapping Membership: A Social and Spatial Analysis of Associational Activity, 1950–2005
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27 February 2012
Nigel Goose, University of Hertfordshire

The Historical Geography of Philanthropy in England and Wales
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30 January 2012
Gareth Millward, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Disability and Voluntarism in Britain, 1965–1995: An Effective Force in Policy Making?
Read his blogpost
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16 January 2012
Berry Mayall, Institute of Education, London
English Children’s Work during the Second World War
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2011

5 December 2011
Mark Freeman, University of Glasgow
‘A Movement that Moves’: The Settlement in Britain after the First World War
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Read his blogpost
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7 November 2011
Chris Nottingham, Glasgow Caledonian University
From ‘Cruelty Men’ to ‘Rottweilers’: The Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cuelty to Chlidren and Child Protection, 1960–2000
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24 October 2011
Kate Bradley, University of Kent
The Hoxton Cafe Project: Following the Fault Lines of Community, Welfare and Perception
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10 October 2011
Sarah Flew, Open University
Two Tier Philanthropy: The Philanthropists who Funded the Bishop of London’s Fund and the Work that Fund Financed, 1863–1914
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20 June 2011
George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University
For the Sick Poor? Payment and Philanthropy in the Pre-NHS Voluntary Hospital System, c.1900–1948
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View the handout
Read his blogpost
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23 May 2011
Clare Hickman, University of Bristol
Nineteenth-Century Voluntary Organisations and Urban Green Spaces
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14 March 2011
Raluca Musat, University College London
Transforming the Peasant: Mind, Body and Soul. Student Volunteers in Rural Romania, 1934-1938
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14 February 2011
Charles Smith, University of Loughborough
Gay NGOs and the Formation of a ‘Gay Community’ in England, 1967–1985
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17 January 2011
Roger Stern
Victorian Military Philanthropy
No podcast available

2010

6 December 2010
Caitriona Beaumont, London South Bank University
The Myth of the 1950s Housewige: Voluntary Women’s Organisations and the Challenge to Idealised Domesticity in Post-war Britain
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22 November 2010
John Lee, University of Bristol
Following ‘The Absent-minded Beggar’: A Case-history of a Fund-raising Campaign of the South African War
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25 October 2010
Eve Colpus, University of Oxford
The Geography of the Matter: Transnationalism and Interwar British Women’s Philanthropy
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27 September 2010
Clare Mulley
Eglantyne Jebb, 1876–1928: Unlikely Children’s Champion?
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21 June 2010
Lesley Hall, Wellcome Library, London
To Create Community: Some Contrasting Interwar Initiatives in the UK
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24 May 2010
Alex Mold, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Making the English Patient (Consumer): Patient Groups and Health Consumerism, 1960s–2000s
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26 April 2010
Stephen Butters, Former Trustee of the RVA
Returned Volunteer Action from 1966 to 2006: An Assessment of the Life Cycle of the Fly in the Ointment of the British Returner Volunteer Programme
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22 March 2010
Barry Doyle, University of Huddersfield
The Culture and Politics of Hospital Contributory Schemes in Leeds
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22 February 2010
Matthew Grant, University of Manchester
Patriotic Volunteers in Cold War Britain
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23 January 2010
Special Seminar Commemorating a Century of Councils for Voluntary Service
Keith Laybourn, University of Huddersfield
The Guild of Help and the New Edwardian Philanthropy, c.1904–1919
Colin Rochester, Roehampton University
‘The Service of the Community is Best Fulfilled by Communities of Service’: A Hundred Years of the London Voluntary Service Council
Oliver Blaiklock, Institute of Historical Research
On the Development of the Citizens Advice Bureau
John Lansley, Former Employee of the Liverpool CVS
The Liverpool Council for Voluntary Service
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2009

7 December 2009
Georgina Brewis, Institute for Volunteering Research
John Hailey, City University

Other Times, Other Places: Parallels from Historical Research and International Practice
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23 November 2009
Elizabeth Harvey, University College London
Fashioning Mothers of the Next Generation: Philanthropy in Birmingham and Sydney, 1860–1914
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26 October 2009
Timothy Cook
The History of the Carers’ Movement: A Remarkably Successful Story. Why?
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28 September 2009
Lynsey Cullen, Oxford Brookes University
The First Lady Almoner: The Appointment, Position and Findings of Miss Mary Stewart at the Royal Free Hospital, 1895–1899
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6 July 2009
Jordanna Bailkin, University of Washington
Young Britons: Voluntary Service Overseas and Critiques of “Development” in the Age of the Adolescent

15 June 2009
Stephen Soanes, University of Warwick
‘Half-way Homes’: The Geographical Distribution of Voluntary Mental After-Care Charity in Relation to Public English Asylums, 1879–1939

18 May 2009
Bridget Yates, University of Gloucester
“Treasuring Things of the Least”: Volunteer-run Village Museums in England in the 1920s and 1930s

27 April 2009
George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University
“Towards Unification”? The Hospital Contributory Scheme Problem in Bristol before 1948

16 March 2009
Carmen Mangion, University of Manchester
Objects of Charity: Hospital Care and the Deserving Poor in Nineteenth-Century St Helens

27 January 2009
Janet Greenlees, Glasgow Caledonian University
Voluntary Hospital or Corporate Control?: The Lowell Corporation Hospital, 1840–1930

2008

14 November 2008
Alex Mold, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Voluntary Organisations and Illegal Drugs

13 October 2008
Ruth Davidson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Women’s Health, Educational and Welfare Work in Interwar Surrey

22 April 2008
Alannah Tomkins, Keele University
Retirement from the Noise and Hurry of the World? The Experience of Almshouse Life 1650–1850

26 February 2008
Georgina Brewis, University of East London
‘Fill Full the Mouth of Famine’: Voluntary Action in Famine Relief in India 1877–1900

2007

27 November 2007
Pat Starkey, University of Liverpool
Club Feet and Charity: Children and the House of Charity, Soho

16 October 2007
Jenny Carson, University of Manchester
“Fishers of Men Not Distributors of Fish in Tins”—The Friends Relief Service in Germany after the Second World War

12 June 2007
Kate Bradley, Centre for Contemporary British History, University of London
Re-discovering Sources of Voluntary Action History: Toynbee Hall and Its Archives

8 May 2007
John Mason
Rowton and the Poor Man’s Hotel: An Experiment in Conservative Philanthropy

17 March 2007
Religion and Voluntary Action in Britain 1960s–1980s (Special Saturday Seminar)
Helen Cameron, Wesley Centre, Oxford Brookes University
Make Love Not War: The Impact of the 1960s on the Salvation Army in the UK
Liza Filby, Centre for Contemporary British History, University of London
“Two Nations, One Church?” The Church of England, the Welfare State and Volunteerism under Thatcher

6 February 2007
Jonathan Morgan, Dr William’s Library
St John Ambulance

2006

11 November 2006
The First World War and Volunteering (Special Saturday Seminar)
Peter Grant, City University
Mobilizing Charity, Volunteering in the First World War
Meta Zimmeck
Fighting On: Ex-servicemen’s Organisations’ Campaign for Jobs after the First World War

5 October 2006
Alison Penn
‘From the Rescue of Fallen Women to the Support of Vulnerable Familes’: A History of the St Michael’s Fellowship 1903 to the Present

6 June 2006
Gillian Wagner
Thomas Coram: 18th Century Volunteer Campaigner and Fundraiser

2 May 2006
Sybil Oldfield
Jeanie An Army of One: The Life and Work of Mrs Nassau Senior 1828–1877

9 February 2006
Susannah Morris, London School of Economics
The Greatest Philanthropic Tradition on Earth? Measuring the Extent of Voluntary Activity in London, 1874–1914

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