Seminars

The Voluntary Action History Seminar is part of the programme at the Institute of Historical Research, held in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU or Online via Zoom.

Term 3 2024:

Monday, 1 July 2024 – Online
Rebecca Gill, University of Huddersfield
Making Whiteness: Emily Hobgouse and Boer Home Industries in South Africa 1908 – 1926. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/making-whiteness-emily-hobhouse-and-boer-home-industries-south-africa-1908-1926

Monday, 17 June 2024 – Hybrid
Andy Benson, National Coalition for Independent Action
National Coalition for Independent Action – 2006 – 2016. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/national-coalition-independent-action-2006-2016-a-personal-reflection

Monday, 3 June 2024 – Hybrid
Meta Zimmeck, Practical Wisdom R2Z
Gaudy Nightmare: Approaching the history of the provision of PPE by voluntary action during the pandemic in England. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/gaudy-nightmare-approaching-history-provision-ppe-voluntary-action-during-pandemic-england

Monday, 20 May 2024 – Online
Rose Dryzek, University of Cambridge
New Techonology, Old Problems: Telework and Homework Activism in the 1990s. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/new-technology-old-problems-telework-and-homework-activism-1990s

Term 2 2024:

Monday, 19 February 2024 – Hybrid
Ian Bruce, Bayes Business School
The Successful Impact of Changing Philosophy and Methods of Charity Campaigning – Disability Rights and Benefits 1970 to 2010. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/successful-impact-changing-philosophy-and-methods-charity-campaigning-disability-rights-and

Monday, 5 February 2024 – Online event
Howard Lake (Giving X) and Sarah Hughes (Beacon Collaborative)
Charity sector digital infrastructure – the early days. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/charity-sector-digital-infrastructure-early-days

Monday, 22 January 2024 – Online event – This event has been cancelled.
‘This is a people’s war and the voice of the people must be uppermost’: Vernacular understandings of voluntarism and citizenship in Second World War Britain. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/a-peoples-war-and-voice-people-must-be-uppermost-vernacular-understandings-voluntarism-and

Monday, 8 January 2024 – Online event
Marina Jones, English National Opera
I want to die in the Auditorium. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/i-want-die-auditorium

Term 1 2023

Monday, 4 December 2023 – Online event
Paul Beard, UCL and The National Archives
Recordkeeping Cultures and the Voluntary Sector: A case study of Child Action Northwest. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/recordkeeping-cultures-and-voluntary-sector-a-case-study-child-action-northwest

Monday, 6 November 2023 – Hybrid event
Nick Bailey, University of Leeds
‘There is an abundance of work for all wounded soldiers… provided sobriety and good conduct are united’: Disabled ex-service men and their transition to civilian life in the Corps of Commissionaires – 1859 to 1939. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/there-abundance-work-all-wounded-soldiersprovided-sobriety-and-good-conduct-are-united

Monday, 23 October 2023 – Online event
Alexander Jackson, National Football Museum
A Chain of Sympathy: Voluntary and Charitable Action in English Football 1914 – 1918. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/a-chain-sympathy-voluntary-and-charitable-action-english-football-1914-1918 

Monday, 25 September 2023 – Online event THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO UCU INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Marina Jones, English National Opera
I want to die in the auditorium.