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?
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
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