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?

Events

New blog on the NCVO site: PRESERVING YOUR CHARITY’S ARCHIVES: FIRST STEPS

I just wanted to post a quick message to direct you to a blog I have just written for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). It is about the British Academy Project for which I am the Research Assistant and provides information for voluntary organisations on how they can get involved in the first… Continue reading New blog on the NCVO site: PRESERVING YOUR CHARITY’S ARCHIVES: FIRST STEPS

Digitisation, Events, Methods, Research

Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain

In an earlier blog post I talked about my visits to wild archives and some of the problems inherent in using these kinds of sources. At the time I was aware of the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and the work Georgina Brewis had been doing, for example her blog for NCVO Eight reasons charities… Continue reading Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain

Events, History, Methods, Oral History, Reflection, Social Policy

Child Poverty Action Group Witness Seminar

On 6th January 2015 I attended a Witness Seminar at the Institute for Contemporary British History on the history of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in the 70s and 80s, as part of their forthcoming 50th Birthday celebrations. Not only was I interested to hear about how such a high-profile organisation had handled the… Continue reading Child Poverty Action Group Witness Seminar

Events, History, New Researchers, Oral History, PhD, Reviews, VAHS

Oral Histories of Voluntary Action

On Friday 7th February 2014 I co-organised a workshop at the Humanities Research Centre, University of York for PhD students and practitioner researchers who use oral history or interviewing methods as part of their research. The event was funded by the Humanities Research Centre and supported by the VAHS New Researchers Committee. The day comprised of… Continue reading Oral Histories of Voluntary Action

Events, New Researchers, Reviews, VAHS

New Researchers at #VAHS2013

This post originally appeared on the VAHS Blog in July 2013 I hope that my positions on the New Researchers Committee and as co-publicity secretary for VAHS do not stop you from taking me seriously when I say how impressed I was with new researchers' presence at #VAHS2013. My overriding impression was of the size and strength… Continue reading New Researchers at #VAHS2013

Events, Oral History

Event Review – In conversation with the Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational histories of second wave feminism

On Saturday 12th October 2013 I attended the above event at the British Library, organised by the History of Feminism Network, in association with the University of Sussex and the Raphael Samuel History Centre. Though not on a topic I research, it appealed to me due to the link with a fascinating oral history project Sisterhood and… Continue reading Event Review – In conversation with the Women’s Liberation Movement: Intergenerational histories of second wave feminism

Events, Oral History, PhD

Oral Histories of Voluntary Action: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

In conjunction with Bridget Lockyer, a colleague on the Voluntary Action History Society New Researchers Committee I have been involved in organising an upcoming event on Oral Histories of Voluntary Action. This is especially timely given that ethical approval for my own project came through last week and I will embarking on my own oral histories very shortly. The event… Continue reading Oral Histories of Voluntary Action: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Events, PhD, Teaching

Workshop: Teaching the History of Voluntary Action

Last week I attended a workshop on teaching the history of voluntary action at the University of Liverpool, financed by the Economic History Society. Following the recent resurgence of voluntary action history in research, this event provided an opportunity to consider how this research can be brought into our teaching and what this might look… Continue reading Workshop: Teaching the History of Voluntary Action