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