London School of Economics hosts Volunteering England archive

The Volunteering England Collection houses materials relating to the modern history of volunteering

Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England
Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England

Volunteering England has opened a new archive of materials that document the modern history of volunteering.

The archive, called the Volunteering England Collection, is held at the library of the London School of Economics.

It contains pamphlets, reports and other documents that cover nine topics, including student volunteering, the development of volunteer bureaux and the role of volunteers in strike action.

The documents, which are from Volunteering England’s predecessor organisations, cover the period from 1966, when the Aves Commission on the role of voluntary workers in social services was set up, to 1991, when the Voluntary Action History Society was founded.

Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said the archive was a "key resource" for those interested in the history of volunteering.

He said VE would in future deposit more items in the archive, including documents relating to the Commission on the Future of Volunteering, which produced its report in 2008.

More information about accessing the LSE archives can be found here.

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