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Forthcoming 2015: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-1948

  Last week I signed a book contract with Pickering and Chatto for their Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine series. I’ll now be spending the rest of this year working on the manuscript for my first monograph on … Continue reading

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Is it charity if you charge?

I gave a seminar at Glasgow Caledonian University last week, which gave me a chance to return to some of my doctoral research into the voluntary hospitals that provided around one-third of Britain’s hospital beds before they were nationalised in … Continue reading

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Feature: 2012 – Another Grim Year for Voluntary Action

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Last year, VAHS founder Colin Rochester and voluntary sector researcher Meta Zimmeck wrote a review of 2011, suggesting hard times might prompt a return to core values. For our January feature they review 2012 and recall a timely yet forgotten report from twenty years ago. … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Myth of the 1950s Housewife – Voluntary women’s organisations and the challenge to idealised domesticity in postwar Britain

VAHS Seminar given by Caitriona Beaumont of London South Bank University on 6 December 2010  [audio https://historyspot.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/media-file/vahs-20101206_0.mp3] Powerpoint slides ABSTRACT The changing role of women in post war British society has been well-documented by historians, for example Jane Lewis (1992), Sue Bruley … Continue reading

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Podcast: Making the English Patient (Consumer): Patient Groups and Health Consumerism, 1960s-2000s

VAHS Seminar given by Dr Alex Mold of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on 24 May 2010  [audio http://historyspot.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/media-file/vahs-20100524_0.mp3] ABSTRACT The patient consumer currently occupies a central position in attempts to reform Britain’s National Health Service.  Framed around … Continue reading

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