A Call to Knitting Needles

Dr Vivien Newman, First World War Women  @worldwarwomen On 20 April, The Shields Gazette reported that ‘residents are knitting hearts to cheer up patients being treated for coronavirus in intensive care’. This reminded me of knitting in World War One. In 1914, Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener issued a Call to Knitting Needles. … Continued

Charity Entrepreneurs

Dr Sarah Roddy is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Manchester. She is the author of ‘Population, providence and empire: the churches and emigration from nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Manchester University Press, 2014).

In her contribution for the Research Exchange, she explains how innovative and competitive the fundraisers were that she researched for her new book with Julie-Marie Strange and Bertrand Taithe, ‘The Charity Market and Humanitarianism in Britain, 1870–1912’ (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Teaching History with Objects

Georgina Brewis and Charlotte Clements are both social historians who work closely with voluntary sector archives. Dr Brewis is Associate Professor in the History of Education at UCL. She is a historian of voluntary action, youth and education and is currently Honorary Secretary of the Social History Society. Dr Clements is Lecturer in History and Course Director of the BA in History at London South Bank University. Her research interests include charity, youth and welfare in modern Britain. 

In their contribution to the Learning & Teaching Exchange, they reflect on creating a ‘curated teaching collection’ that brings object-based learning into a module on the history of voluntary organisations and NGOs at UCL.