100 years of social enquiry

100 years of social enquiry

In academic year 2013-14, the department was delighted to celebrate the centenary of its establishment as Barnett House in 1914.  

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. 

Initially independent from the University, Barnett House gradually moved into a closer relationship with the University and eventually became a department. You can read more about our history below.  

Many of our alumni hold or have held prestigious positions in academia, the professions and public service, both nationally and internationally. This is very much 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 request.