Category Archives: George Campbell Gosling

Dr George Campbell Gosling researches the social history of medicine and charity and is a University Teacher in Modern British History at the University of Liverpool. He co-edited of a 2011 volume on the history of the voluntary sector in Britain and is the blog’s editor. You can browse his contributions below.

Charity and the First World War

[audio http://historyspot.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/media-file/vahs-20121119.mp3]Leanne Green, VAHS Seminar, 19 November 2013 (slides) Advertising War: The Visual Imagery of Charity Campaigns in the First World War How do we remember the First World War? And what do historians make of how we remember the First … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher and the Voluntary Sector

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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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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Revealing Stories of LGBT Voluntary Action

As you may know, each year February is LGBT History Month. What makes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community a ‘community’ has always had a lot to do with voluntary action. Robert Howes wrote for this blog one year … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Big Society

There was an echo of an almost forgotten political slogan at the final Prime Minister’s Questions of 2012. Ed Miliband raised the question of food banks (6 minutes into the video above). David Cameron responded, rather unsuccessfully, by recognising ‘volunteers … Continue reading

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