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Talking about voluntary action and the welfare state: Historical reflections, current debates, London, 30th April 2019

A chance to find out Discourses of Voluntary Action Project (ESRC funded). The project team will share their emerging findings and offer a highly interactive workshop that will inform the final stages of their analysis.

The Discourses of Voluntary Action study has been exploring debates about volunteering in both in the 2010s and the 1940s. They have been comparing and contrasting the ways in which the general public, politicians, and voluntary sector organisations talk and write about these issues; highlighting the contested nature of the boundaries between sectors and challenging some of the prevailing wisdom.

Programme outline

09.30 Arrival, tea, coffee and biscuits

10.00 Welcome, introductions and warm up

10.25 Presentation of findings

11.00 Round table discussions

12.00 Plenary discussion – implications and actions

12.30 Lunch

The research is being undertaken by a team of researchers: Irene Hardill, Northumbria University; Georgina Brewis, University College London; Angela Ellis Paine, University of Birmingham; Rose Lindsey, University of Southampton; and Rob Macmillan, Sheffield Hallam University.

The study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant reference ES/N018249/1), and supported by five partner organisations: Age UK, Children England, Mass Observation, NCVO and UK Youth. Susanne Rauprich, previously the Chief Executive of NCVYS, has been involved in the study throughout and will chair the workshop.

For more details and to book at place visit the Eventbrite page

Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed at The National Archives, 4 April – 9 November

Material from the Mass Observation Archive is on display at the National Archives as part of their Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed in The Keeper's Gallery until the end of November 2019, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. More details can be found here

Living on the Edge: Records of Suburbia. The Annual Conference of the British Records Association (BRA). 25th April 2019

Living on the Edge: Records of Suburbia.
The Annual Conference of the British Records Association (BRA).
Admired, taken for granted, dismissed - the suburbs provoke diverse reactions. This one day conference will explore the way in which the history of the suburbs, and those living in them, can be traced through our documentary heritage.

Speakers and panellists include Joanna Smith (Senior Investigator, Historic England), Sally Bevan (Senior Archivist, London Metropolitan Archives), James Ranahan (Collections Archivist, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Research Fellow, Suburban Birmingham Research Project), Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan (Professor of Design History and Theory, University of Portsmouth and author of Ideal Homes: Design, Architecture and Suburban Modernity in England, 1918-39), Sara Kinsey ( Head of Historical Archives, Nationwide Building Society), Rachel Freeman (Church of England Record Centre), Jessica Scantlebury (Mass Observation Archive) and Sally Gilbert (Merchant Taylors' School).

Please see: or the full programm  or book here

This event is orgaised by  British Records Association and is in London