Emily Hobhouse, Oxfam, and humanitarian handicrafts

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On Thursday and Friday, 27 and 28 June, ‘Humanitarian Handicrafts: Materiality, Development and Fair Trade. A Re-evaluation’, a collaboration involving the University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University as well as the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute of this University of Manchester, brought together historians, curators, archivists and art professionals to explore handicraft manufacturing for humanitarian purposes through the late 19 th century for this. Topics ranged through the work associated with 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 and its particular archive were showcased highly in the meeting in papers on ‘Helping by offering’ from 1963, Oxfam’s scheme for the purchase of handicrafts from manufacturers in bad nations easily obtainable in the U.K., the profits being came back as funds for humanitarian work; the building blocks of Oxfam’s ‘Bridge’ fair trade organization in 1975, the very first in the U.K. and most likely in European countries; and also the growth of the Overseas Federation for Alternative Trade, later on the whole world Fair Trade organization, with Oxfam’s help.

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