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

History, Methods, PhD

Archives in the wild: researching local youth clubs in London and Liverpool

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

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

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?

History, Oral History, PhD

BBC Radio Merseyside: Appeal for Oral History Participants

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

History

Image Gallery: Can you help?

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?

History, Oral History, PhD

Invitation to Participate: Oral Histories of Youth Clubs in South London and Liverpool 1958-1985

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

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?

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