Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)UB/GUILD/A/13
TitleCharities committee
Extent1 volume
DescriptionMinutes record the names of committee members and contain information about the charities the Guild chose to support and about different kinds of fund raising events. The committee seems to have concentrated on raising money for the Poppy Day fund on behalf of ex servicemen, on providing relief for local unemployed people, and particularly on efforts to support European students experiencing hardship, particularly German students and Russian refugee students during the early 1920s. Other organisations supported include the Birmingham Boys and Girls Union and the Workers Educational Association, and the National Institute for the Blind. In addition, minutes discuss the organisation of the first Carnival in 1921, instigated by medical students to raise money for Birmingham hospitals, and the involvement of the committee in subsequent years by advertising events, making efforts to extend Carnival events to other departments within the University, and providing collecting boxes, ensuring that all money received would pass through the committee. Minutes include statements of accounts for the committee
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe Charities sub-committee dealt with appeals made to the Guild by charitable bodies. It was also responsible for organising internal charity appeals. Minutes refer to the 'old' committee meeting on 28 October 1921, suggesting that there might be earlier minute books. The committee was small, and members from student societies were co-opted or asked to send representatives. It had ceased to function by the 1932-1933 academic session and its responsibilities were taken over by the Guild Executive. However, a Charities committee is listed in the 1945-1946 annual report


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