Archives, Comment, Events, Reviews

Voluntary Sector Archives: a democratic deficit?

Last week I attended a conference at the University of Northumbria which posed the question ‘Is there a democratic deficit in archives?’ It brought together a range of interested parties such as archivists, records managers, academics and civil servants. I went to see how the idea of democracy in archives could inform the work I… Continue reading Voluntary Sector Archives: a democratic deficit?

Comment, New Researchers, PhD, Reflection, Uncategorized

How long does a PhD take?

This title could well read 'How long does a PhD take!' That would perhaps reflect the sense that though I have travelled a great distance towards completing my PhD in the last three years, it is not finished yet. I am entering my continuation year, or 'writing-up' period as it is also known. The terms of… Continue reading How long does a PhD take?

Comment, Social Policy, Youth

Linking young peoples’ benefits to training

The Labour Party are set to announce their plans for cuts to the welfare budget. It is being reported that among them is a plan to link benefits for young people to training. For young people between 18-21 who do have such training, the Job Seekers Allowance will be replaced by a payment that will… Continue reading Linking young peoples’ benefits to training

Comment, History, Social Policy, VAHS

Charity Closures and Changing Fortunes

This post originally appeared on the VAHS blog in January 2013. In all of the pre-Christmas frivolity you may be forgiven for having missed an article in the Observer late last year, detailing how one in six charities could face closure this year. In the cold light of a New Year when many households are tightening belts… Continue reading Charity Closures and Changing Fortunes

Comment, History, PhD, Reviews, VAHS, Youth

Breaking new ground or digging up the past?

This post originally appeared on the VAHS Blog in March 2013 I've been watching the Channel 4 programme ‘Secret Millions’. The programme is a step on from the popular C4 format ‘Secret Millionaire’ where wealthy people give some of their money away to shocked recipients and the good causes they have been working with. The new show is… Continue reading Breaking new ground or digging up the past?

Comment, History, Social Policy

Will the Lobbying Bill become a defining moment in voluntary action history?

In a previous blog post for VAHS in January 2013 about predicted charity closures, I pointed out that historically the fortunes of the voluntary sector have ebbed and flowed. I argued that the flexibility and adaptability of the sector was one of its key strengths and that it would reconfigure on this occasion too. In that instance I… Continue reading Will the Lobbying Bill become a defining moment in voluntary action history?