I wanted to pull together some thoughts about my first Social History Society conference here. Obviously this only reflects my experience – there were lots of fantastic sessions I sadly didn’t get a chance to attend. I’m also, naturally, going to focus on the stuff that’s of interest to me; there was lots of other …
Neighborhood House Seattle was founded as a Settlement House in 1906 by the National Council of Jewish Women, following in the tradition of the Settlement movement, pioneered by Canon Samuel Barnett’s Toynbee Hall in London and Jane Addams’ Hall House in Chicago (among many others – Settlement bingo is a fun [caveat] game to play). … Continue reading American Fields: the neighborhood approach
The Report of The Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services, known as the Seebohm Report after its Chair Frederic Seebohm, is 50 years old this month. The Report is an important milestone in social work history; it recommended the creation of unified, ‘family-centred’ social services departments at a local authority level, a … Continue reading 50 years since Seebohm: its place in voluntary sector history
I decided a little while ago that my literature review wasn’t pretty enough. So I made this timeline of voluntary sector history instead. Enjoy! My research looks at how the local voluntary sector in Birmingham has developed from about 1965 onwards. The story of the national voluntary sector, and the policy, programmes and debates that … Continue reading What’s happened to the voluntary sector since 1965?
The National Archives and the Pilgrim Trust launched Archives Revealed last month, a new programme of grant funding for organisations including charities to scope archiving projects and create new collections. So I thought I’d share some charity histories that I’ve found over the past few weeks. Charity histories are important because they tell our stories in … Continue reading Telling Charity Histories