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Locating Female Philanthropy: Past and Present

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Eve Colpus, University of Oxford VAHS Seminar, 25 October 2010 The geography of the matter: transnationalism and interwar British women’s philanthropy You don’t have to venture far today to see or hear about philanthropy. Placed at ‘the heart of the … Continue reading

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How New is the New Philanthropy?

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Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent VAHS 2010 Conference Keynote Address From benevolence to philanthropy, 1700-1900 Walking down Princes Street in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, my eyes diverted from the ripping up of the street that is part of the … Continue reading

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Charity and Commerce: The Other Moving Frontier

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George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University VAHS Seminar, 20 June 2011 For the Sick Poor? Payment and Philanthropy in the pre-NHS voluntary hospital system, c.1900-1948 Readers of this blog will be familiar with hearing the voluntary sector referred to as … Continue reading

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The ‘Big Society’ and the Challenges of History

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Glen O’Hara, Oxford Brookes University The ‘Big Society’ was supposed to be one of the Conservatives’ most important new ideas. Their 2010 General Election Manifesto was entitled Your Invitation to Join the Government of Britain, a little blue book which … Continue reading

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What is the big society and why should historians care?

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George Campbell Gosling, Oxford Brookes University Have you ever noticed that when politicians are asked ‘What is the big society?’ they tend to begin their answer ‘The big society is about…’? The term was coined by the Prime Minister’s media … Continue reading

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