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:

Monday, 17 June 2024 – Hybrid
Andy Benson, National Coalition for Independent Action
National Coalition for Independent Action – 2006 – 2016. Book here:

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:

Monday, 20 May 2024 – Online
Rose Dryzek, University of Cambridge
New Techonology, Old Problems: Telework and Homework Activism in the 1990s. Book here:

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:

Monday, 5 February 2024 – Online event
Howard Lake (Giving X) and Sarah Hughes (Beacon Collaborative)
Charity sector digital infrastructure – the early days. Book here:

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:

Monday, 8 January 2024 – Online event
Marina Jones, English National Opera
I want to die in the Auditorium. Book here:

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:

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:

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: 

Marina Jones, English National Opera
I want to die in the auditorium.