Rhodri Davies leads the Giving Thought policy programme at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). He has just finished writing a book on the role of philanthropy in UK society from a historical and modern perspective, which is due to be … Continue reading
Historian Pat Starkey offers some context to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention into the payday loans debate. The initial impact of the archbishop of Canterbury’s attack on payday loan companies and their excessive interest rates has been overshadowed by the … Continue reading
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For our May feature, Carmen Mangion reports back for us from an academic conference in Germany on the history of deaconesses, religious women who were part of a transnational movement at the heart of nineteenth-century care and provision for the poor. … Continue reading
Today sees the ceremonial funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The past week has seen plenty of discussion, essentially about how she was both phenomenal and phenomenally divisive figure in British politics, and there is little merit in rehashing those arguments and assessments … Continue reading
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For our April feature, Jon Weier considers the role of the First World War in the development of the YMCA. This case study fits with the increasing focus of historians on the importance of charity work within the war effort. … Continue reading