Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association

THE MAURICE BOND LECTURE 2010 THE CHANGING FASHIONS AND FORTUNES OF PHILANTHROPY

Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association (2011), 36, (123-4), 50–61.

Abstract

This paper was delivered as the Bond Lecture at the annual conference of the British Records Association, which met on 7 December 2010 on the subject: ‘The Philanthropic Files: records of charities and their uses’. The talk sought to throw some light on the shifting fortunes of philanthropy over the last two centuries, with asides about charitable records based on the author’s archival researches over many years. Among the paper’s themes were the changing relationship of philanthropy to the state, the rich tradition of working-class charity, and the democratic nature of voluntary activity. It concluded with some reflections on the present state of charity, and its meaning for British records, in an era of cross-party support for welfare pluralism and government partnerships.

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Prochaska, Frank