In academic year 2013-14, the department celebrated the centenary of its establishment as Barnett House in 1914. Initially independent from the University, Barnett House moved into a closer relationship with the University and eventually became a department.

We celebrated – and continue to celebrate - 100 years of rich history: Barnett House has played a significant part in many of the key debates in the history of voluntary endeavour, social policy, and social research in Britain. Alumni have held or hold prestigious positions in academia, the professions and public service, nationally and internationally. All of this adds up to something worth celebrating.

Throughout the year, we held a number of events, including a special Centenary Seminar Series, the first Alumni Lecture, and a Reunion Weekend. Material from the celebrations is available on this page. In addition a book was published, Social enquiry, social reform and social action: one hundred years of Barnett House which is available to purchase online.