As she took up her post as the Honorary President of the Social History Society, Professor Pat Thane launched a report presenting her latest research. The Child Poverty Action Group: 1965 to 2015 was co-authored with Dr Ruth Davidson.
Drawing on witness seminars charting the organisation’s history, an in-depth study of the CPAG archive, and interviews with key actors in the organisation across the decades, the authors have produced a rich and compelling account of CPAG’s ongoing battle to end child poverty over the past 50 years.
You can find out more about the CPAG research here.
The report was launched during a reception at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London on 19 July 2016. Professor Thane addressed an CPAG, academic and policy audience, emphasising the sad continuity in the ongoing need for such an organisation. This message was echoed by both Baroness Lister, who had been the Director of CPAG before becoming Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, and Alison Garnham, the current CEO of CPAGwho commissioned the history.
The launch was attended by Polly Toynbee, who mentioned it in her Guardian column the next day:
‘The CPAG’s 50th anniversary was marked by publishing Professor Pat Thane’s history of its progress. It’s a good reminder of how the 1960s and early 70s were not just hippy self-indulgence, but a great flowering of practical social movements that saw Shelter, Mind, Gingerbread, Mencap, the Disability Income Group and scores more founded to press for social justice… Sombrely, the CPAG history notes: “The founders could never have imagined there would be more, not less child poverty 50 years later.”’
You can see a few photos from the sun-drenched launch in the Terrace Rooms at King’s College London at our facebook page.