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Eggs, rags and whist drives: popular munificence and the development of provincial medical voluntarism between the wars

Doyle, Barry M. and Hayes, Nick (2013) Eggs, rags and whist drives: popular munificence and the development of provincial medical voluntarism between the wars. Historical Research, 86 (234). pp. 712-740. ISSN 1468-2281

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Abstract

Drawing on hospital reports, committee minutes and the local press, this article examines the changing landscape of urban civic culture and challenges the pessimistic accounts of charitable financial support for voluntary hospitals in inter-war England. Through case studies of hospitals in four of the largest cities in the country, it assesses the extent to which voluntary resources of time and money continued to underpin day-to-day institutional income, stimulate the development of the hospitals' estates and investments, and enable hospitals to cut costs through the receipt of gifts in kind. It argues that by broadening the bases of charitable income, hospitals were freed from their dependence on the wealthy thus ensuring their transformation to modern community resources for all.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Barry Doyle
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 16:36
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 15:13
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/16960

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