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Dr Dan Weinbren

Dan Weinbren

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Research interests

Publications

 

Important recent texts

 

The Open University. A History, Manchester University Press, 2014.

 

The Oddfellows. 200 years of making friends and helping people, Carnegie, 2010.

 

‘Mutual Aid and the Big Society’ in Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter (eds.), The Big Society Debate: a new agenda for social welfare? Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2012.

 

‘Filled with Good Social Democrats’: The Open University and the development of the Knowledge Economy, 1969–1989’, Journal of the World University Forum, 5, 2012.

 

 

 

Other materials

 

Books

 

Freemasons, Friendly Societies and Trade Unions, Contract signed. Publication 2019-2020.

Now the war is over: Britain 1919-1920. Contract signed. Publication date: 2018.

Hendon Labour Party 1924-1992, Microform Academic, 1998.

 

Generating Socialism: recollections of life in the Labour Party, Sutton, 1997.

 

A history of Thomas Morson & Son, Middlesex University Press, 1997.

 

A Short History of Royal Ordnance, Patricroft, Middlesex University Press, 1995 (with T Putnam).

 

A Short History of the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, Middlesex University Press, 1992 (with T Putnam).

 

 

A review of my history of the OU in the International Journal of Lifelong Education concluded that it was ‘incisive and energizing’ and the Welsh History Review (a ‘very substantial work’). The Times Higher called it fascinating and inspiring’. Tony Bates, the author of eleven books about online learning and distance education, wrote: ‘Weinbren has undertaken an extremely challenging task and met the challenge superbly. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I have. More importantly, there are very important lessons to be drawn from this book about the nature of university education, equity, and government policy toward higher education.’ Professor Ken Thompson called it ‘a serious and detailed account [which] is particularly strong on the educational and organizational issues’. The review in Open Learning called it ‘a valuable account for anyone concerned with the history of higher education and society in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century’.

 

My book about the Labour Party was welcomed by Professor Paul Thompson who called it ‘a tremendously important piece of work both historically and politically’, Professor Kevin Morgan said that it ‘will prove an invaluable resource’, Professor Jerry White described the book ‘absolutely wonderful’ while Professor Stefan Berger wrote that it was ‘a marvellous book’.

 

The reviews of my book about mutual aid and third sector politics was also well-received:

  • ‘a rich text … detailed and important history [with] a significance beyond the Order … an admirable work of history ... a contextually rich, historiographically complex picture … superbly illustrated … an excellent summary of the current state of the fraternal history and an indicator of its future potential’ (Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism)
  •  ‘well-researched ... well written ... full of illustrations ... evokes a strong sense of the society and its appeal’ (North West Labour History)
  • ‘A comprehensive study … There is a wealth of detail … important topics set out clearly … well illustrated, tables and figures used to good effect and there is a useful glossary and excellent footnotes’ (Family and Community History)
  •  ‘accessible … a thoroughly good read … Academically the book has clearly been meticulously researched’ (Foresters’ Heritage Trust)
  •  ‘fills an important and neglected aspect of our social and economic life … an invaluable source of information’ (Journal of Co-operative Studies)

 

 

Articles in refereed academic journals

 

‘The world in 1913’, Historian, 120, January 2014.

 

‘Filled with Good Social Democrats’: The Open University and the development of the Knowledge Economy, 1969–1989’, Journal of the World University Forum, 5, 2012.

 

‘Beneath the all-seeing eye. Fraternal order and friendly societies’ banners’, Journal of Cultural History, 3:2, 2006.

 

 ‘The Good Samaritan, friendly societies and the gift economy’, Social History, 31:3, 2006.

 

‘Getting a grip ― the roles of friendly societies in Australia and the UK reappraised’ (with B. James) Labour History, 89, 2005 [Australia].

 

‘Imagined families: research on friendly societies’ Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für die Geschichte der sozialen Bewegungen, 27, 2002 [Germany].

 

‘Relative value: the financing of families’, Family and Community History, 2:1, 1999.

 

I was the theme editor of this issue of the journal.

 

‘“From gun carriage to railway carriage”: the fight for peace work at the Woolwich Arsenal 1919-22’, Labour History Review, 63:3, 1998.

 

‘New Labour, New history?’ Labour History Review, 63:2, 1998.

 

‘Building communities, constructing identities. The rise of the Labour Party in London’, London Journal, 23:1, 1998.

 

‘The Royal Small Arms Factory and industrial Enfield 1855-1914’ (with T. Putnam) London Journal, 21:1, 1996.

 

‘Labour’s roots and branches: the Labour Oral History Project’, Oral History Journal, 24:1, 1996.

 

I was special editor of this issue.

 

‘Labour representation in Woolwich’, Labour History Review, 59:3, 1994.

 

‘“Against all cruelty”, The Humanitarian League 1891-1919’, History Workshop Journal, 38, 1994.

 

 

Chapters in academic texts

 

‘Liberation through open learning?’ in Jodi Burkett (ed.) Students in Twentieth Century Europe (in press, out 2017).

 

‘Freemasonry and friendly societies’ in Henrik Bogdan and Jan Snoek (eds.), Handbook on contemporary freemasonry, Brill, Leiden, and Boston, 2014.

 

‘Asa Briggs and the opening up of The Open University’, in Miles Taylor (ed.), The Age of Asa, Palgrave, 2014.

 

‘”Organisations for brotherly aid in misfortune”: Beveridge and the friendly societies’, in Melanie Oppenheimer and Nicholas Deakin (eds.), Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2011.

 

‘The social capital of female friendly societies’ in Máire Cross (ed.),Gender and Fraternal Orders in Europe, 1300-2000, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2010.

 

‘Seven hundred years of fraternal orders’ in Máire Cross (ed.), Gender and Fraternal Orders in Europe, 1300-2000, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2010.

 

‘Supporting self-help: charity, mutuality and reciprocity in nineteenth-century Britain’ in Bernard Harris and Paul Bridgen (eds.) Charity and mutual aid: in Europe and North America since 1800, Routledge, London and New York, 2007.

 

‘Sociable capital’ in Matthew Worley (ed.) Labour's grass roots: essays on the activities and experiences of local Labour parties and members, 1918-1945, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2005.

 

 

Teaching materials

 

‘Heritage and the recent and contemporary past’ (with R. Ferguson & R. Harrison) in Tim Benton (ed.), Understanding heritage and memory, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2010.

 

‘‘The roles of families’ in Ian Donnachie (ed.), Themes in local and regional history, Open University, 2010.

 

Country profiles, Open University Press, 2002.

 

Family and Community History Internet Guide, Open University, 2000.

 

Remembering, BBC, 2nd edition, 1997.

 

Remembering, BBC, 1996.

 

Reports in Family and Community History (editor, with L Faulkner and R Finnegan), 2001.

 

Reports in Family and Community History (editor, with L Faulkner and R Finnegan), 2000.

 

 

Open Resources

 

OpenLearn materials on virtual heritage; the cold war; the voluntary sector and the state; learning in prison, informal learning and social capital.

 

My website about the history of The Open University has attracted 120 personal narratives by former and current staff and students: http://www8.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/historyofou/

 

My History of the OU blog has over 250 postings and has received comments from around the world: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/History-of-the-OU

 

Podcast: ‘Things we forgot to remember’: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-things-we-forgot-to-remember/id206227356

Podmag: http://connections.kmi.open.ac.uk/content/thepodmag-full

 

 

Popular articles encouraging independent scholarship

 

‘Norfolk’s Emigration Fever’, Norfolk Roots, Spring 2005

 

‘A Friend Indeed’, Norfolk Roots, Autumn 2004

 

‘Beneficial Mutuality’, Ancestors, June 2004

 

‘Investigating friendly societies’, Family History Monthly, May 2004

 

‘Millennial Histories’, Local History News, 46, 1998

 

I have written monthly columns for Family History Monthly and for Ancestors, The National Archives’ publication.

 

 

Reviews

 

I have reviewed 38 books in six different academic journals including Journal of Freemasonry and Fraternalism. History, The London Journal and Oral History Review. I have also had reviews published in a variety of popular journals.

 

 

Refereeing

 

Book proposals for Palgrave, Macmillan, Hodder, Arnold and Routledge.

 

Bid proposals to the ESRC and the AHRC.

 

Articles for London Journal, Oral History, Politics, Labour History Review and History Workshop Journal and Victorian Review and Labour History (Australia).

 

 

Editorial work

 

2012 –

Associate Editor, Journal of the World Universities Forum.

2009 –

Editorial Board member, Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism.

2003 –2009

Editorial Board member of The National Archives journal, Ancestors.

1998 –

Joint founding editor Family and Community History and now editorial associate.

1996 – 2000

Special editor Oral History (Spring 1996) and Oral History editor.

2001

Series Editor, Microform Academic, 2001- Friendly Societies’ Records. Over 100 films have been sourced, edited, filmed and introduced by academic experts.

 

Teaching interests

I have passed The Open University Business Management for Administrators course, acted as a stakeholder on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, chaired the Central Academic Units Retention Team and been a member of the University-level Retention Next team.

Course materials

The roles of families' in I. Donnachie (ed.), Themes in local and regional history, A825, 2010
'Virtual heritage' (with R. Ferguson & R Harrison) in Rodney Harrison (ed.), Understanding global heritage, AD281, Open University Press and Manchester University Press, 2009.
Environment: change, contest and response Understanding environmental issues U216 Study Guide coordinator (1st and 2nd editions, 2008 and 2009)
Environment: change, contest and response Changing environments U216 Study Guide coordinator (1st and 2nd editions, 2008 and 2009)
Environment: change, contest and response Contested environments U216 Study Guide coordinator (1st and 2nd editions, 2008 and 2009)
Environment: change, contest and response environmental responses U216 Study Guide coordinator (1st and 2nd editions, 2008 and 2009)
Country profiles, D833, Open University Press, 2002.
Family and Community History Internet Guide, DA301, Open University Press, 2000.

Member of the module team for Cognitive psychology (DD303) and Introduction to counselling (D171).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Citizenship, Identifies and Governance (CCIG)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

‘Filled with good social democrats’: the Open University and the development of the knowledge economy, 1969–1989 (2012)
Weinbren, Daniel
Journal of the World Universities Forum, 5
The Good Samaritan, Friendly Societies and the gift economy (2006-08)
Weinbren, Daniel
Social History, 31(3) (pp. 319-336)
Beneath the all-seeing eye: fraternal order and friendly societies' banners in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain (2006-04)
Weinbren, Daniel
Cultural and Social History, 3(2) (pp. 167-191)
Getting a grip: the roles of friendly societies in Australia and Britain reappraised (2005-05)
Weinbren, Dan and James, Bob
Labor History, 88(2) (pp. 87-104)
'Imagined families': research on Friendly Societies (2002)
Weinbren, Dan
Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für die Geschichte der sozialen Bewegungen (Labour and Social History in Great Britain: Historiographical Reviews and Agendas, 1990 to the Present), 27 (pp. 117-136)
Relative value: the financing of families (1999-05)
Weinbren, Dan
Family & Community History, 2(1) (pp. 59-71)
'From gun carriage to railway carriage': the fight for peace work at the Woolwich Arsenal 1919-22 (1998-12)
Weinbren, Dan
Labour History Review, 63(3) (pp. 277-297)
New Labour, new history? (1998-07)
Weinbren, Daniel
Labour History Review, 63(2) (pp. 197-201)
Building communities, constructing identities: the rise of the Labour Party in London (1998)
Weinbren, Dan
The London Journal, 23(1) (pp. 41-60)
Labour's roots and branches (1996-04)
Weinbren, Dan
Oral History, 24(1) (pp. 29-38)
The Royal Small Arms Factory and industrial Enfield, 1855-1914 (1996)
Putnam, Tim and Weinbren, Dan
The London Journal, 21(1) (pp. 46-63)
Labour representation in Woolwich (1994-12)
Weinbren, Dan
Labour History Review, 59(3) (pp. 17-19)
'Against all cruelty', the Humanitarian League 1891-1919 (1994)
Weinbren, Dan
History Workshop Journal, 38(1) (pp. 86-105)
The Open University: A History (2014)
Weinbren, Daniel
ISBN : 978-0-7190-9627-3 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
The Oddfellows, 1810-2010: Two Hundred Years of Making Friends and Helping People (2010-02-23)
Weinbren, Daniel
ISBN : 978 185 936 2075 | Publisher : Carnegie | Published : Lancaster
Hendon Labour Party 1924-1992: A Brief Introduction to the Microfilm Edition (1998)
Weinbren, Daniel
British politics, religion & history post-1500
Publisher : Microform Academic Publishers | Published : East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Generating socialism: recollections of life in the Labour Party (1997-02-20)
Weinbren, Daniel
ISBN : 075091193 X | Publisher : Sutton Publishing Limited | Published : Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire
A short history of the Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield (1992)
Putnam, Tim and Weinbren, Dan
Publisher : Centre for Applied Historical Studies Middlesex University | Published : London
Prisoner students: building bridges, breaching walls (2017)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Burkett, Jodi ed. Universities and Students in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland ((In Press))
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Mutual aid and the Big Society (2012)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Ishkanian, Armine and Szreter, Simon eds. The Big Society Debate: a New Agenda for Social Welfare? (pp. 61-70)
ISBN : 9781781002070 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited | Published : Cheltenham
“Organisations for brotherly aid in misfortune”: Beveridge and the friendly societies (2011-01-01)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Oppenheimer, Melanie and Deakin, Nicholas eds. Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world (pp. 51-65)
ISBN : 9780719083815 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, U.K.
Heritage and the recent and contemporary past (2010-01)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Harrison, Rodney and Weinbren, Daniel
In: Benton, Tim ed. Understanding Heritage and Memory (pp. 277-315)
ISBN : 9780719081538 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK
The fraternity of female friendly societies (2010)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Cross, Máire Fedelma ed. Gender and Fraternal Orders in Europe, 1300-2000 (pp. 200-222)
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Seven hundred years of fraternal orders (2010)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Cross, Máire Fedelma ed. Gender and Fraternal Orders in Europe, 1300-2000 (pp. 1-29)
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, UK
Supporting self-help: charity, mutuality and reciprocity in nineteenth-century Britain (2007-12)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Bridgen, Paul and Bernard, Harris eds. Charity and Mutual Aid in Europe and North America Since 1800. Routledge Studies in Modern History (pp. 67-88)
ISBN : 415365597 | Publisher : Routledge
Sociable capital: London's Labour parties, 1918–45 (2005-04)
Weinbren, Daniel
In: Worley, Matthew ed. Labour's grass roots: essays on the activities of local Labour Parties and members 1918-45. Studies in labour history (pp. 194-211)
ISBN : 754640078 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK

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