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Voluntary Action History Seminar Series

This seminar series is organised by the Committee of the Voluntary Action History Society (VAHS). VAHS aims to advance the historical understanding and analysis of voluntary action through seminars, occasional...

Voluntary Action History Seminar Series University of London

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Voluntary Action History Seminar Series

This seminar series is organised by the Committee of the Voluntary Action History Society (VAHS). VAHS aims to advance the historical understanding and analysis of voluntary action through seminars, occasional...

    Cloudesley: 500 years of Charity in Islington

    Cloudesley: 500 years of Charity in Islington

    Voluntary Action History

    • 47 min
    Witness Seminar: Working with voluntary organisations since 1975

    Witness Seminar: Working with voluntary organisations since 1975

    Shirley Otto, Independent Researcher

    • 56 min
    Richard Titmuss and Voluntary Action: From Problems of Social Policy to The Gift Relationship.

    Richard Titmuss and Voluntary Action: From Problems of Social Policy to The Gift Relationship.

    John Stewart, Glasgow Caledonian University

    • 38 min
    Citizens of the world: Birmingham Quaker women, transnational voluntary service, and the meaning of citizenship

    Citizens of the world: Birmingham Quaker women, transnational voluntary service, and the meaning of citizenship

    Institute of Historical Research

    Citizens of the world: Birmingham Quaker women, transnational voluntary service, and the meaning of citizenship

    Sian Roberts
    (University of Birmingham)

    This seminar will focus on the voluntary action of a group of Quaker women based in the city of Birmingham in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to their participation in the activities of the Religious Society of Friends at a local and national level, they engaged in a broad range of voluntary activities at home and abroad, motivated by a faith-inspired witness for peace. Locally their activism encompassed penal reform, housing, education and youth work, and was performed through women’s organisations including the Birmingham Women’s Settlement and the Women’s Citizens Club. Transnationally, they were particularly active in humanitarian relief, beginning in the First World War and continuing through the interwar period to the Spanish Civil War and their work in support of refugees from Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The paper will explore the intersection of the local and the global in the voluntary action of this group of women. It will consider how mapping their activism across a spectrum of transnational issues and contexts illuminates our understanding of their particular model of citizenship. Increasingly informed by interwar Quaker discussions on the development of a new social outlook, it was a model which recognised no geographical constraints and extended well beyond their own local urban context.

    Voluntary Action History seminar series

    • 47 min
    Book Launch Seminar: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48

    Book Launch Seminar: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48

    Institute of Historical Research

    Book Launch Seminar: Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48

    George Campbell Gosling (University of Wolverhampton)
    Pamela Cox (University of Essex)
    Colin Rochester (Practical Wisdom R2Z)
    Pat Thane (King's College London)
    Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick)

    There were only three decades in British history when it was the norm for patients to pay the hospital, those between the end of the First World War and the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948. At a time when payment is claiming a greater place than ever before within the NHS, this book uses a case study of the wealthy southern city of Bristol as the starting point for the first in-depth investigation of the workings, scale and meaning of payment in British hospitals before the NHS.

    This seminar marks the publication of a new monograph, which questions what it meant to be asked to contribute financially to the hospital by the medical social worker, known then as the Lady Almoner, or to subscribe to a pseudo-insurance hospital contributory scheme. It challenges the false assumption that middle-class paying patients crowded out the sick poor. Hopes and fears, at the time and since, that this would have an empowering or democratising effect or that commercial medicine would bring about the end of medical charity, were all wide of the mark. In fact, payment and philanthropy found a surprisingly traditional accommodation, which ensured the rise of universal healthcare was mitigated and mediated by long-standing class distinctions while financial contribution became a new marker of good citizenship.

    Payment & Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48 (Manchester University Press, 2017) explores these changing notions of citizenship, charity and money, as well as the hospital as a social institution within the community in early twentieth-century Britain. The seminar will also offer an opportunity to reflect on how engaging with questions of payment can enhance our understanding the voluntary sector, past and present.

    George Campbell Gosling is Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton. He has previously held teaching and research posts at the University of Warwick, King's College London, the University of Liverpool, City University London and Oxford Brookes University, where he received his PhD in 2011. His most recent publications are Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48 (MUP, 2017) and his chapter 'The Birth of the Pregnant Patient-Consumer? Payment, Paternalism and Maternity Hospitals in Early Twentieth-Century England' in Jennifer Evans and Ciara Meehan (eds), Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His recent research posts were working with Professor Pat Thane on the history of the Child Poverty Action Group and Professors Roberta Bivins and Mathew Thomson on the cultural history of the NHS. He is a former trustee of the Voluntary Action History Society and currently Communications Officer for the Social History Society.

    Voluntary Action History seminar series

    • 58 min
    The Politics of Poverty: The Child Poverty Action Group, 1965-2015

    The Politics of Poverty: The Child Poverty Action Group, 1965-2015

    Institute of Historical Research

    The Politics of Poverty: The Child Poverty Action Group, 1965-2015

    Dr Ruth Davidson
    (King's College London)

    Voluntary Action History seminar series

    • 37 min

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