Emily Hobhouse, Oxfam, and humanitarian handicrafts

Emily Hobhouse, Oxfam, and humanitarian handicrafts

On and Friday, 27 and 28 June, ‘Humanitarian Handicrafts: Materiality, Development and Fair Trade thursday. A Re-evaluation’, a collaboration between your University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University plus the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute associated with University of Manchester, brought together historians, curators, archivists and craft professionals to explore handicraft manufacturing for humanitarian purposes through the late 19 th century for this. Topics ranged through the work for the humanitarian reformer, Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926), creator of Boer Residence Industries into the aftermath associated with the 1899-1902 South African War, through lace-making in Belgium during WW1 and initiatives in Eastern Europe after WW2, to your work associated with the Huddersfield Committee for Famine Relief (‘Hudfam’) and Oxfam through the belated 1950s.

Oxfam’s handicrafts tale as well as its archive had been showcased highly during the meeting in papers on ‘Helping by offering’ from 1963, Oxfam’s scheme for the purchase of handicrafts from manufacturers in bad countries accessible in the U.K., the proceeds being came back as funds for humanitarian work; the inspiration of Oxfam’s ‘Bridge’ fair trade organisation in 1975, the initial into the U.K. […]