About the Blog

The VAHS blog was set up in the summer of 2011 with the aim of providing a space for sharing and discussing the latest research, developments and insights in the history of voluntary action.

Blog posts are short articles of around 1,000 words presenting the latest academic research, profiling particular archival  collections and providing historical context to current debates. They cover the history of ‘voluntary action’ broadly defined to include philanthropy, mutual aid, voluntary organisations, the ‘third sector’, social action, co-operatives, religious charity, cultural and leisure associations, missionaries, campaigning,  pressure groups, community organisations and international NGOs. Recurring themes include voluntary sector archives and transnational histories of voluntary action. You can browse our latest features here.

If you are interested in writing a feature for the VAHS blog, please see the guidelines before contacting Paul Beard at paul.beard.21@ucl.ac.uk.

All opinions expressed are those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect the views of
the Voluntary Action History Society.


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