Since 2009 the VAHS has been recording its monthly seminars at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research as well as occasional other papers. For all of the podcasts, click here.

For podcasts see Seminars: seminars since 2006.

Other Podcasts

November 2011, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Not Just for the Record: Enlivening Archives workshop
Georgina Brewis and Anjelica Finnegan, VAHS
The Case for Charity Archives
Related blog article (inc. podcast)

July 2010, University of Kent
Fourth International Voluntary Action History Society Research Conference
Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent
From Benevolence to Philanthropy, 1700–1900
Clare Midgley, Sheffield Hallam University
A Transoceanic Web of Reformers in the Age of Empire
Related blog article (inc. podcast)
Listen to the podcast


17/05/21: For our second talk in our series, we hosted Kate Bradley, Reader in Social History and Social Policy, University of Kent, who gave a talk entitled ‘Social change, community action and accessible legal advice, 1960-1980’, examining how advice services (legal and other types) were used as a means of enabling marginalised individuals and communities to navigate the welfare state and to assert themselves against local authorities, retailers and landlords in the period 1960 to 1990. You can listen to the audio of the talk below.

20/04/21: We were excited to host our first talk last evening. Professor Pat Thane gave a talk entitled ‘”Well-bred and conventional ladies”: The National Council of Women and Voluntary Action in UK, 1895-1939’. This talk explored the early years of the National Council of Women, which was set up in the 1890s to support women voluntary workers and then became active in ever more fields as it grew. You can listen to the audio of the talk below.