Lessons from researching charity in Georgian times

A new feature article on Voluntary Action History Society’s web pages, ‘Charity in the Georgian Era: Lessons for Today?‘.

A couple of slightly random quotes:

In the eighteenth century, people were divided about whether the upsurge of charitable activity was evidence of nationwide benevolence or the social fabric coming apart.

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Taking steps to preserve charity archives

The newly appointed part-time researcher on a project which wants to help charities preserve their archives has written ‘Preserving your charity’s archives: first steps‘ for NCVO’s website.

The five year ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’ project is supported by the British Academy. There will be a launch event on 5th June in London, aimed at voluntary sector organisations of all sizes, especially those who need some advice about managing their archives. The project also wants to hear your questions about looking after archives and what your needs are.

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Understanding history of voluntary action

A new blog site ‘Teaching Voluntary Action History’ has been set up in advance of an event on the subject in February, at https://teachvah.wordpress.com/.

Teaching Voluntary Action History seeks to link academics working on a range of topics with the common element of voluntarism, charities or voluntary organisations. The one-day workshop is due to run on 28th February in London, see https://teachvah.wordpress.com/events/teaching-voluntary-action-history-28th-february-2015/.

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