Back to the Future?

On 2 July 2019 the Discourses of Voluntary Action team organised our end-of-project conference ‘Back to the Future: What next for voluntary action and the welfare state?’ We asked PhD student Charlotte Nisbet for her reflections on the day: What a successful day! The Back to the Future event was a combination of enthusiasm, meaningful … More Back to the Future?

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

We are currently working hard on analysing our data and we would like to share our emerging findings with people from across the voluntary, community and public sectors. We are organising a workshop on 30 April 2019 where we will ask participants to challenge and question our findings, to extend our thinking, and to help … More Talking about voluntary action and the welfare state: Historical reflections, current debates, 30 April 2019

Charity and the welfare state: A new directive from the Mass Observation Project

Seventy-five years ago, in the middle of the Second World War, William Beveridge published a report which set out the foundations for the British welfare state. It identified ‘the five giant evils’ of British society: squalor, want, ignorance, idleness and disease. Beveridge proposed a range of measures to address these evils. These included: the introduction … More Charity and the welfare state: A new directive from the Mass Observation Project

Reflecting on the Beveridge Report, 75 years on

The Beveridge Report was published on the 1st December 1942, in the midst of the Second World War. Its author, Sir William Beveridge, wrote in its introduction that ‘a revolutionary moment in the world’s history is a time for revolutions. On the 75th anniversary of its publication, it seems timely to reflect on this pathbreaking … More Reflecting on the Beveridge Report, 75 years on

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the new ESRC-funded Discourses of Voluntary Action project. We’re really excited to have this website up and running and to be able to share the progress of the research as it develops. It’s been a busy few months, starting with an early presentation in July at Mass Observation’s 80th Anniversary Conference at the University of Sussex by Irene Hardill, … More Welcome