Category Archives: Kate Bradley

Dr Kate Bradley is Lecturer in Social History and Social Policy at the University of Kent and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her book ‘Poverty, Philanthropy and the State: Charities and the Working Classes in London, 1918-1979’ was published in 2009 by Manchester University Press. She is a former VAHS committee member. You can browse her blog contributions below.

#VAHS2013 conference online

Last week saw the University of Huddersfield hosting the Voluntary Action History Society’s fifth international research conference. Over the coming weeks we’ll have a series of blog posts commenting on the goings on and some of the fascinating subjects raised. … Continue reading

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Can student lawyer volunteers plug the legal aid gaps?

A recent Guardian article highlighted how university law centres will become ever more important in the light of the cuts that will result from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Lawyers have always offered some form … Continue reading

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Teaching the History of Voluntary Action

Where does a passion for the history of voluntary action come from? One of the main sources of this is being taught about an aspect of voluntary action history.  My curiosity was prodded by studying the Attlee governments during A-level … Continue reading

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Charity History and the Big Picture

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Kate Bradley, University of Kent When researching voluntary action, our primary unit of analysis is often – if not always – a particular charity or group of charities. There are good reasons for this. Most obviously, there is the value in … Continue reading

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Gendering the History of Voluntary Action

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Kate Bradley, University of Kent Gender is central to an understanding of voluntary action history, as it confronts us the moment we ask the question of who does what to whom.  In one respect, gender will be well-known territory to … Continue reading

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