News >> Project Update: May 2006

Six months into the project, work is progressing well. In May 2006, the team were delighted to welcome Jeff Mouhot to the project, in the role of Project Archivist. Jeff has recently completed a PhD at the European University Institute, Florence, on the topic of Acadian refugees in France during the eighteenth century and has developed an online archival database in the course of his doctoral studies. He will be working alongside James McKay, the Project Officer, and Sarah Davies, the Administrator.

With the preparatory stages complete, the DANGO project is now up and running. Our questionnaire has been designed, and has already been sent out to 400 NGOs. Replies are starting to come back in, and these are being input onto the DANGO database. Although to date the number of returns has been small, the level of detail in the returns that have been made has been very encouraging.

In addition, the project team will be presenting a paper at the forthcoming annual conference of the Centre for Contemporary British History (CCBH), to be held 28-30 June 2006. The title of the conference is 'From 'Voluntary Organisation' to 'NGO'? Voluntary Action in Britain since 1900', and the project's paper is entitled 'Non-Governmental Organisations in Britain since 1945: some problems of definition and scope.' This will provide an excellent opportunity to advertise DANGO to our target audience.

The project team have also submitted a paper to the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), which is being held in November this year.

We were sorry to lose Dick Sargent from the project's Advisory Panel, Dick having taken early retirement. Although Dick was only associated with the project for a short time, we found his advice and experience extremely helpful. We are pleased to welcome his replacement, Dr Melinda Haunton, also of the National Archives. The second Advisory Panel meeting is to take place at the beginning of June.

See past project updates: January 2006