Posted: 03 September 2013

Take a look at our magazines from 1882 to 2013

The cover of Voice

We just launched Voice, our new magazine for supporters. If you haven't seen it, please take a look - it's a great piece of work, looking at young carers, stories by young people and volunteers, our policy work and celebrity chef Levi Roots.

The issue got us thinking about how our supporter magazines and newsletters have looked since Edward Rudolf founded our charity back in 1881. Our archives team dug up a handful of beautiful images that we'd like to share. 

Our back pages


This is the cover of our first newsletter to our supporters, from nearly 132 years ago. The issue is dated 1 October 1882, when we were known as the Church of England Central Home for Waifs and Strays.

the cover of our first supporter newsletter



The red cover of our 1911 supporter newsletter


The cover of our January 1937 edition, featuring four young people known as The Adventurers

Summer 1971

The cover of our summer 1971 magazine

Autumn 2013

If you haven't seen our autumn 2013 supporter magazine, Voice, please have a look.

Our new supporter magazine is available in a variety of formats, including a PDF, a file that can be opened in your e-reader, a text-only version. We also are using the Flipboard app, which beautifully presents the magazine on your smartphone or tablet.

I highly recommend the version on the Flipboard app - click the image below to have a look.

The cover of our new magazine, which can be accessed on Flipboard

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

Plain text

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

All the Old supporters' magazines can be found in digital form at:

A recent award winning paper given by Claudia Soares (University of Manchester) about aspects of the history of The Children’s Society (formerly known as the Waifs and Strays Society in the Victorian and Edwardian eras) at the Voluntary Action History Society’s summer 2013 fifth international research conference, shows that The Children’s Society developed a positive approach to child care practice during this time.

By moving the focus of analysis away from a preoccupation with residential care reform and discipline, the paper argues that ideals of homeliness and friendship were at the heart of Waifs and Strays Society’s ideology. Drawing on a range of photographs, fundraising literature in monthly magazines, donation lists and inventories from The Children’s Society’s Archive, the paper examines how institutional space and material culture was shaped by a rhetoric of domesticity. Analysis of representations of leisure, play and celebrations within the institution further highlights the models of sociability that the Society promoted to shape interpersonal relationships amongst institutional residents. The full paper can be read here: