As part of the ‘Digitising the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain’ project we organise knowledge exchange events and speak at other seminars and conferences. Details of forthcoming events will be posted here. You can join our JISC mail to be informed of new events as soon as they are posted.

Past Events

The project has given a number of presentations and organised several events over the past few years, which are listed here in reverse chronological order.

Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) Annual Conference, 23rd June 2017. Presentation by our partners, Charity Finance Group on the new toolkit with copies handed out to attendees.

Toolkit Launch: Improving Records Management in Charities, 15 June 2017, British Academy. Our new toolkit, produced in partnership with Charity Finance Group and funded by a UCL Public Policy grant was launched in June 2017. Bruno Longmore (National Records Scotland) gave a keynote address and the audience was able to ask questions of an expert panel comprised of: Rob Baker (Blind Veterans), Martine King (Barnardos), Anjelica Finnegan (Charity Finance Group), Janet Foster (British Records Association) and Ian Wakeling (Children’s Society).

Records Management for Charities Workshop, Charity Finance Group Summer Conference, 18 May 2017. Presented on the development of our new toolkit.

Charity Finance Group London Members Meeting, 20th April 2017. Presented on the development of our new toolkit.

‘Do not shred!’ Challenges and triumphs of working with voluntary sector archives – IHR Archives and Society Seminar, 6 December 2016, a presentation by Georgina Brewis, Charlotte Clements and Rob Baker (Blind Veterans UK).

Workshop at Voluntary Action History Society Conference, 13 July 2016, University of Liverpool – Presentation of our draft guidance and discussion with Georgina Brewis, Charlotte Clements, Pat Starkey (University of Liverpool), Lindsey Metcalf (Interchange) and Rob Baker (Blind Veterans UK).

‘Archives into the Future’, British Library, 29 February 2016. Charlotte Clements presented as part of a series funded under the auspices of the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past’.

Recording the Voluntary Sector, 5 June 2015 – This half-day event formally launched the project. Aimed at representatives of voluntary organisations, it offered information and guidance on preserving and using archives through a mix of expert input and workshop sessions. Speakers included: Professor Pat Thane, Philip Gale (TNA), Jo Hobbs (Girlguiding UK), Jo Reilly (HLF), Sue Hampson (Community Archives and Heritage Group), Rob Baker (Blind Veterans UK), Matthew McMurray (Royal Voluntary Service), Becky Webster (UCL), Sarah Mills (Loughborough University) and Rossitza Atanassova (The British Library). You can see pictures from the day here.

Under threat? Charity Archives in the 21st Century, 22 May 2014 – Matthew McMurray, archivist at Royal Voluntary Service, and author of a new report on Charity Archives in the 21st Century, talked at UCL Institute of Education about his research. With ever growing pressure on Trustees to deliver their charity’s purpose in the most cost effective manner the archives of these organisations are in many cases marginalised, poorly resourced and even under the threat of disposal and destruction.

Launch of Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives, House of Lords, 15 October 2012Tristram Hunt, historian and MP, helped launch the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives to an audience of charity chief executives, archivists and historians at the House of Lords on the 15th October 2012. You can find out more about the launch and see photographs here.