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?

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

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?