Charity & Voluntary Organisation History debate

Monday 4 February. 6-8pm. Hybrid Organisations Past and Present

Talk by Colin Rochester, University of Kent, on Voluntary Action History Seminar at  Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre, 2 Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1DF

It has become normal to distinguish between different kinds of organisations according to which of the three sectors’ – public, private or voluntary – they form part of. Public or statutory sector organisations have come into being to meet the needs of the electorate; are owned by voters or their representatives; and staffed by paid public servants in a bureaucratically organised agency. Private or for-profit bodies have been created to meet the need to make profits; are owned by shareholders; and are staffed by paid employees in a managerially controlled firm.  And voluntary sector organisations have been created by those who chose to develop them to pursue a mission; are owned by their members; and staffed by volunteers and paid staff. This tidy allocation of organisational types has been challenged over recent years by the growth of academic interest in hybrid organisations which combine the principles of more than one sector. Colin will argue that this scholarly attention is as much to do with the ability of theory to catch up with practice as it is to highlight new kinds of organisational arrangements. It will concentrate on the development of hybrid organisations that have their roots in the voluntary sector and try to show how theories of hybridity help to explain some of the characteristic challenges of managing voluntary agencies.

Colin has recently co-edited with David Billis the forthcoming Handbook of Hybrid Organisations to be published by Edward Elgar later this year.

Wednesday 6 March. 10.30am-7.30pm. Voluntary organisations’ archives and records: Why do they matter’ Conference

Debate on archive issues:


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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