Charity & social welfare

Number of items in collection: 413

Short description:

Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

The bulk of this collection comes from Pioneers in Charity and Social Welfare, a National Life Stories project, which in 2005-2006 recorded the memories and experiences of key figures in welfare and charitable work. Interviewees include human rights lawyer Lord Joffe, leading social work academic Olive Stevenson, the founder of the Trussell Trust Chris Mould and the co-founders of Missing People Janet Newman and Mary Asprey.

The collection also includes interviews with intellectuals and campaigners from a range of social issues and causes.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

The collection includes a five-part interview with Revd Nick Stacey, which ranges across his long career in sport, the clergy and social services.  As with all oral history recordings, the views expressed in the interview are solely those of the interviewee.  In the case of this recording, there are some descriptions of the culture of social services in the 1970s and 1980s which people may find disturbing, and which the Library in no way condones. However, as first-hand testimony of a period in our recent past we believe that it is important for the interview to continue to be available to researchers.

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