The History of Charity

3 July, 2017

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Sir Stephen Bubb lecture, New College, Oxford

A brief tour through 1,400 years of history. Tracing the development of charity from its church roots in the middle ages, the reformation, the Elizabethan era, the Tudors, right through to the welfare state and Thatcherism.

Charity has a long and proud history. Today we regard charity and the broader voluntary sector as crucial to the functioning of a democratic system. Sir Stephen Bubb looks at the growing role of civil society in campaigning, recognising how democracy could hardly function effectively without voluntary action.

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