Please help!

We are delighted that we have a further five years of support from the British Academy to continue the project’s work until at least 2024 – watch this space for some new developments in 2020, including a podcast series on charity history and some exciting events at home and overseas.

St Dunstan's Appeals envelope from the 1940s by kind permission of Blind Veterans UK
Image courtesy of Blind Veterans UK

However, I also need to ask for your help!

We are looking to relaunch the project website in the spring, and as part of this will be creating a new section to highlight the range of archive collections that contain materials relating to the history of charity, voluntary action and humanitarianism. These might be deposited in a formal institutional archive or held in-house by an organisation.

We intend the short case studies to enable researchers to showcase their research; to benefit other scholars and students; and to highlight the valuable contribution of charity and voluntary sector archives.

The questions I’d like researchers who might have used such a collection are:

  • Tell us a little about one archive collection you have used as part of your research?
  • What was significant about the collection? How did it benefit your research?
  • Do you have any top tips for other researchers accessing this collection?
  • Is there any other information you’d like to provide?
  • Please list any of your publications (including blog posts, websites etc) that draw on this archive collection?

If you are interested in helping me out, please get in touch via I’ve prepared a quick pro-forma to help you complete this.

Thank you very much,


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