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The project is no longer operational and there is no current news. Below, however, is an archive of previous news and events.


  • 1 March 2009: latest DANGO news is hosted on the sister site: NGOs in Britain
  • 1 May 2008: Leverhulme Grant Success: Professor Matthew Hilton and Dr Nicholas Crowson have won £440,605 to research NGOs in Britain since 1945. The DANGO project will continue under this new research project. More information on the new project's website.

Website and database development:

Past events:

  • DANGO Conference (5-6 July 2007, Birmingham). See the conference programme.
  • March to May 2007: In the past few months, the DANGO team has visited organisations including the Muslim Council of Britain and Amnesty International UK to provide information and support on managing and/or depositing their records. DANGO will visit Friends of the Earth Scotland in June to assess and advise on their records.
  • 24 April 2007: DANGO presented the ongoing project and website at a quarterly meeting of CHARM (Charity Archivist and Records Managers) at Oxfam heaquarters, in Oxford.
  • The DANGO team delivered a paper to the Social History Society's annual conference in Exeter, 30 March-1 April 2007
  • Wednesday 31 January 2007: CenConUK Second Annual Lecture Professor Avner Offer, All Souls College, University of Oxford: "The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being" (more...)
  • 29/30 November 2006: DANGO presented a paper at the VSSN Conference in Glasgow and at Durham University. (more...)
  • 17-19 November 2006: DANGO team presented a paper at the North American Conference on British Studies in Boston (more...)
  • 13 October 2006: DANGO met delegates of the International Council on Archives in Paris (more...)
  • 11 October 2006: DANGO met with Chinese academic delegation (more...)

(See also: latest project update May 2006)


Wednesday 31 January 2007: CenConUK Second Annual Lecture Professor Avner Offer, All Souls College, University of Oxford: "The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being".

Time and Venue:
Wednesday 31 January 2007, 5.15pm Lecture Room 2, Arts Building, University of Birmingham.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Senior Common Room. Everyone welcome.
Download poster (Word Doc; opens new windows).

Avner Offer is Professor of Economic History, All Souls College, University of Oxford. Professor Offer's will be discussing and developping some ideas from his most recent book, The Challenge of Affluence: Self-control and Well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950 (Oxford University Press, 2006).

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29/30 November 2006: DANGO to present a paper at the VSSN Conference in Glasgow and at Durham University

James presented the project to the VSSN day conference in Glasgow, and was appointed an associate member of the VSSN's steering committee, with a focus on advertising the network. James also delivered a paper on DANGO to Durham University's Modern British Studies Seminar Series.

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17-19 November 2006: DANGO team to present a paper at the North American Conference on British Studies in Boston

Nicholas Crowson, Matthew Hilton, and James McKay have presented a paper entitled "Defining NGOs in Modern Britain" to the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) held in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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13 October 2006: DANGO to meet delegates of the International Council on Archives in Paris

Jean-François Mouhot met delegates from ICA (Perrine Canavaggio, Deputy Secretary General, David Leitch, Senior Programme Manager and Armelle Le Goff, Chief curator at the French National Archives and author of the ICA guide The Records of NGOs, Memory... To Be Shared. A Practical Guide in 60 Questions, among others). The purpose of the meeting was to study the creation of a section of the ICA specifically devoted to NGOs. The aim of this sub-section will be to reflect on and deepen knowledge about NGO archives. Documents reflecting Human Rights violations, for example, can be found in State Police archives, but also in those of NGOs. However, the survival of NGO archives is anything but certain, especially when more and more organisations become "paperless" institutions, keeping only electronic records. DANGO has already set up a webpage providing advice targeted at NGOs willing to preserve their papers for the future, and the ICA section on NGOs would work further in the same direction.

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11 October 2006: DANGO meet with Chinese academic delegation

The DANGO project team met a delegation of Chinese academics on Wednesday 11 October 2006 on a fact-finding mission to understand more about the role of the Non-Governmental Organisation sector in the United Kingdom. The delegation was headed by Professor Huang Xiaoyong, Director-General of General Office at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The other members of the delegation were:
- Professor Pan Chenguang, Deputy Director-General, Bureau of Personnel and Education, CASS
- Professor Gao Xiang, Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Social Sciences Journal, CASS
- Ms. Chen Li, Deputy Chief, European Division, International Cooperation Bureau, CASS
- Ms.Wang Dan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of World History, CASS

The main objective of the CASS mission was to understand the management of NGOs in the UK from a macro perspective, and the delegates wanted to learn about the historical development as well as the current position of NGOs in Britain. The delegation wished to understand in greater detail:
1. How did NGOs evolve in Britain?
2. What is the current situation of NGOs in Britain? How many NGOs are there in Britain today? What are the major fields for NGOs in Britain? What are the major features for NGOs in Britain?
3. What role do NGOs play in social welfare and social security and social welfare?
4. How NGOs are administrated in Britain? Are there any specific laws or regulations for the establishment and administration of NGOs? Which department is responsible for the administration of NGOs?

CASS is a leading think-tank in China, it is expected to be part of the contribution to the Chinese Government's NGO policy-making in future, and there will be a report on the UK NGOs prepared by CASS after the visit. The whole DANGO Team was present. James McKay presented some background information on NGOs in Britain and Jean-François Mouhot showed the most recent developments of the website and the database, and the Chinese delegation reported on the situation of NGOs in China. A lively discussion and many questions followed, translated from English to Mandarin by the Chinese delegation's translator.

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