Welcome to the first BASW @50 Heritage newsletter of 2020. We are currently hard at work developing opportunities for members and others to celebrate and explore 50 years of BASW through our Heritage project 2020. This will tell the story of 50 years of BASW as a professional association, 100 years of Social Work – and look forward to the next 50 years.

We will continue to provide a monthly update throughout this year and this will go out wider to all members and others as the project grows.

Call Out for member essays, poetry and artwork

We need you! Get involved with the BASW Future of Social Work e-book project.

This project will gather diverse voices focused on where social work has come from, where it is going and where it needs to go. We are calling out for submissions to engage and impact on possibilities for the future.

Interested? Full information about how to apply, eligibility criteria, terms & conditions and deadlines for submission can be found here.

All entries should be submitted to heritage2020@basw.co.uk  by March 27th 2020.

World Social Work Day Event - 17th March 2020


University of Manchester  World Social Work Day – 17th March 2020, 9.30am to 3pm

Social Work with Deaf People – proud heritage or poor relation?

A day of talks and workshops focused on the history of social work with deaf people. How the changes and evolutions in this specialist field mirror important shifts in the wider dynamics of social welfare and the profession of social work.  This will include some personal histories/ oral testimonies of the first deaf social workers to qualify in the UK, their contributions to leadership of the profession and issues they faced in a changing profession.

May 2020 BASW Birmingham office spring courtyard event – date tbc

BASW AGM and 2 Day festival of Social Work June 22nd and 23rd June 2020.

Heritage project workshops coming soon from March 2020


Partnership organisations

Some of the exciting community engagement links and partnership legacy organisations we have already started working with include:


Birmingham University, part of the BASW heritage partnership

Heritage trails

Heritage trails for Birmingham, Liverpool, Lincoln, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, London have been suggested. If you would like to produce a trail, coproduce a trail or just get involved get in touch heritage2020@basw.co.uk

We will be providing guidance and advice on how to run a heritage trail. Watch this space for webinar and workshop coming soon.

Art and exhibition plans

We are speaking to a number of artists regarding installation for the BASW offices in Birmingham. This will be a multi-sensory and experiential piece of art to be produced with the help of members for exhibition later in the year. Further information will be available on the website soon.

If you want to get involved please email: heritage2020@basw.co.uk

BASW Policy Timeline

Work is currently underway on the BASW history policy timeline. A group of BASW members have been working on a timeline of key policy and legislation that BASW have been influential in from 1970 to the present day. The group working on this include: Richard Servian, Terry Bamford, David N Jones, Keith Bilton, June Thoburn, Joan Baraclough, Chris Andrews, John Cypher and Serge Paul.  

BASW & History of social work timeline

Each nation (BASW Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) are putting together their own timeline of key historic events in BASW & social work history from 1970 to the present day and looking beyond to the future.

Get in touch with your country team to find out more!


For general enquiries contact Gaby at heritage2020@BASW.co.uk