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Voluntary Action and the History of Leisure: An Emerging Field?

May 4, 2013
Institute of Historical Research

Bedford Room G37
Senate House
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

Keynote speakers:

Barry Doyle
University of Huddersfield
Mark Freeman
University of Glasgow
Bob Snape
University of Bolton
Natasha Vall
University of Teesside


Colin Rochester
Birkbeck, University of London
Meta Zimmeck
Practical Wisdom R2Z

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The role of voluntary action in the development of leisure activities is a neglected area of study: historians of leisure pay little attention to the voluntary organisations that played such an important role in the provision of recreation while historians of voluntary action tend to focus on the relief of poverty, health and social welfare. 

 This seminar has been organised to address this gap in our understanding by exploring key aspects of this neglected field. Speakers at the seminar will introduce discussion by highlighting some of the main features and issues arising for historians in some of the main areas of leisure-time activities with a view to exploring synergies and stimulating further analysis.

Professor Barry Doyle (University of Huddersfield) will provide an overview of the territory, and discussion of more specific areas of interest will be introduced by Mark Freeman of the University of Glasgow (Education and Self-Improvement); Natasha Vall of Teeside University (Culture and the Arts) and Bob Snape of the University of Bolton (Social and Co-operative Cultures).

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April 15, 2013, 7:00pm EET

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