Welcome to the Voluntary Action History Society!

Upcoming seminars

Monday, 23 March 2020, 6pm
St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre, NW1 1DF
Phil Child, University of Birmingham
‘Learning to be useful in the world’: Beveridge, Blacktown and the Dynamics of Voluntary Action in Mid-Twentieth Century England

Phil’s seminar has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check back soon for more details.

Upcoming Events

8–10/07/20: The Voluntary Action History Society’s 7thInternational Conference will take place at the University of Liverpool between 8 and 10 July 2020. Our conference will return to the University, site of our successful and convivial 25thAnniversary Conference in 2016. The theme is VOLUNTARY ACTION IN CHANGING TIMES: CREATING HISTORY OR REPEATING IT? 

UPDATE: The 2020 conference is POSTPONED until 7–9 July 2021, with the venue remaining the University of Liverpool. Those who have had papers accepted for the 2020 event are welcome to present them – or an updated version of them based on your continued research – for next year’s event. And we would be very happy to hear from those who were not able to send us proposals for 2020 but would be interested in participating in the 2021 conference. We will be issuing an updated call for papers in the Autumn but would also welcome your proposals before then. Please contact Meta Zimmeck at mzimmeck@btinternet.com if you want to know more.


05/05/20: Meta Zimmeck has written a blog, entitled ‘Voluntary Action in Changing Times: Creating History or Repeating It? Some advice for researchers’, which you can read here.

19/03/20: Colin Rochester has reviewed Bob Snape’s recent book on Leisure, Voluntary Action and Social Change 1880–1939, which he calls a ‘major contribution to the historiography of voluntary action’. Read the review on our blog.

07/01/20: The deadline for abstracts to be submitted to our conference has been extended to 31 JANUARY 2020.

12/12/19: Colin Rochester, one of the founders of VAHS, recently blogged about some of his reflections on the VAHS conference. Read about it here and don’t forget to submit your abstract by 31 December!



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