This post originally appeared on the Four Nations History Blog in February 2015. Different regional, national and international perspectives are essential to understanding the history of youth cultures. Without understanding international influences, national frameworks and local lived experiences we cannot fully understand how young people have formed and shaped their cultures. In Four Nations terms… Continue reading The History of Youth Cultures: Understanding International Influences, National Frameworks and Local Lived Experiences
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
Early in my PhD I had a conversation with my supervisors about locating the relevant sources for my research. We knew it would be a challenge and it was a significant factor in how I chose my case studies. While the main youth associations in London and Liverpool had both deposited significant amounts of material in… Continue reading Archives in the wild: researching local youth clubs in London and Liverpool
I have just got back from an exhausting but excellent research trip to Liverpool where I have been immersing myself in the history of youth clubs and youth work as well as getting to know the city a little better. On the second day, while visiting a club whose papers I have read, I was… Continue reading Walking Liverpool: dynamic understandings of youth and youth work in Liverpool
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
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
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?
Today, 25th November 2013, I spoke on BBC Radio Merseyside about my oral history project. I appeared on the Sean Styles morning show, where he talked about the youth clubs he went to and got his listeners to phone in with their own stories. I discussed the people I am looking to interview for my… Continue reading BBC Radio Merseyside: Appeal for Oral History Participants
My research looks at youth clubs between 1958 and 1985. One of the things I am really struggling with so far is to get a visual idea of what many of these youth clubs looked like. I have an inkling that they came in all shapes and sizes but to really get an idea I… Continue reading Image Gallery: Can you help?
I am looking for people to interview for my PhD research on youth clubs in South London (principally the present day boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham) and Liverpool between 1958 and c.1985. If you had anything to do with youth clubs in these places, at these times, I would like to invite you to participate… Continue reading Invitation to Participate: Oral Histories of Youth Clubs in South London and Liverpool 1958-1985