Shopping for a cause? Discussing the history of charity shops

For the last few years, I’ve been researching the history of charity shops – and, importantly, the various types of shops set up and run by charities that don’t look so much like what we picture when we image a ‘charity shop’. When I’m not busy just coping with the chaos and uncertainty of the world in 2020, I’m working on a book and a few academic articles and essays on the subject.

So it’s been great for Dr Georgina Brewis and I to spend some time lately discussing charity shops and their history with other academics, archivists, broadcasters, journalists and really anyone else who finds it interesting.

What we cherish and what we give away
BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, 10 November 2020 – available to listen back in the UK

Shopping for a Cause? A virtual tour of charity shop history
An online event with the British Academy as part of the Being Human festival of the humanities, 18 November 2020

Melita Day-Lewis, ‘A Kindness economy’
Feature article in The Salvationist, 23 January 2021, pp. 12-13

Blog posts and news items

Shopping for a Cause: What are your memories of charity shopping?
Blog post for the Social History Society, 9 November 2020 – feel free to leave a reply sharing your memories!

History of the charity shop to be explored in special online event
University of Wolverhampton, 11 November 2020

What can we learn from the history of charity and charity shops?
Blog post for the British Academy, 16 November 2020

From immersive exhibit to virtual tour: using archive images to tell the history of charity shops
Charity and Voluntary Sector Archives website, 16 November 2020

Event explores the hidden histories of charity shops
UCL Institute of Education, 18 November 2020

A history of charity shops
Blog post for the Charity Retail Consultancy website, 20 November 2020

Archive Case Study: Blind Veterans UK
Charity and Voluntary Sector Archives website, 19 February 2021

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