Royal Voluntary Service Heritage Online

This fully searchable catalogue contains listings, many with preview images, of a selection of historical material housed in our Heritage Collection. It is also the gateway to our digital, downloadable version of all 419 issues of the WVS/WRVS Bulletin from 1939-1974 and the 84,000 pages of the WVS Narrative Reports 1938-1945.

Tip: If you only want to search the Narrative Reports click "Advanced Search" above the search bar and select "Narrative Report" from the category field.  Then type a location into the Keyword field.

The WVS/WRVS/RVS is the largest voluntary organisation in British history, at its height boasting over one million members.  For the past 80 years Royal Voluntary Service has been a pioneer in social welfare, aiding civilians during the Second World War and helping to develop the modern welfare state in the post war years. Today Royal Voluntary Service is striving to meet the most pressing needs of the day in our communities and NHS through the power of volunteering.

Just run a search to find out about our work since 1938.