Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History research student comments on historians and the big society

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Oxford Brookes has a long-standing relationship with the Voluntary Action History Society, which seeks to encourage research and understanding of the voluntary sector, campaigning and cultural associations - charitable, social and cultural - in the past. Now the VAHS has launched a blog. The first piece, written by Brookes PhD student George Campbell Gosling, asks: 'What is the big society and why should historians care?' In the wake of the controversy surrounding the 'big society' and the AHRC, George suggests historians should not entirely withdraw from the debate. Rather an understanding of history should inform a critical engagement with a fundamental current in British politics of recent decades that goes back much further than the Coalition government. You can read the blog and comment on it at: http://www.vahs.org.uk/2011/06/what-is-the-big-society-and-why-should-historians-care/