Christian Aid 70th Anniversary Project

By Special Collections, SOAS Library|10th May 2015|Collections & Research|0 comments

Christian Aid Week collection envelope from the second ever appeal in 1958. The earliest surviving collection envelope in the archive. Christian Aid archive, Box CA/I/2 © Christian Aid

To coincide with Christian Aid Week 2015 (10-16 May), our guest blog this week is by Jack Arthey, 70th Anniversary Project Manager at Christian Aid. Jack explains the work Christian Aid are undertaking to tell the story of their organisation and its work; including producing an interactive timeline of the history of the NGO, showcasing a selection of posters, photographs and videos.

Jack Arthey writes: “To mark the 70th anniversary of Christian Aid making grants to alleviate human suffering and eradicate poverty the agency decided to research its archives, written as well as audio-visual, to produce an interactive timeline to tell its story.

It has also collaborated with the BBC to broadcast a commemorative worship service, commissioned a new hymn, produced a special edition of the Christian Aid magazine, contributed to a range of newspaper articles and planned a series of special activities throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”

For more information on the Christian Aid 70th Anniversary Project, please contact Jack Arthey at jarthey[at]

SOAS Library makes the Christian Aid archive (as well as other NGO and charity archives) available to the public in our Special Collections Reading Room. We welcome visitors wishing to consult these collections. Please see our website for further details about how to visit us.

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