On and Friday, 27 and 28 June, ‘Humanitarian Handicrafts: Materiality, Development and Fair Trade thursday. A Re-evaluation’, a collaboration involving the University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University while the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute for the University of Manchester, brought together historians, curators, archivists and art professionals to explore handicraft manufacturing for humanitarian purposes through the late 19 th century to the current. Topics ranged through the work associated with the humanitarian reformer, Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926), founder 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 of this Huddersfield Committee for Famine Relief (‘Hudfam’) and Oxfam through the belated 1950s.
Oxfam’s handicrafts tale and its own archive had been featured highly during the seminar 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 profits being returned as grants for humanitarian work; the building blocks of Oxfam’s ‘Bridge’ fair trade organization in 1975, the initial into the U.K. and most likely in European countries; as well as the growth of the Overseas Federation for Alternative Trade, later on the planet Fair Trade organization, with Oxfam’s help. In addition, the work of Cecil Jackson-Cole ended up being considered. Jackson-Cole, a creator and long-lasting Hon. Secretary of Oxfam, continued to receive charities including assist the Aged and ActionAid and had been instrumental in starting charity stores in Southern Africa within the 1970s.
‘Bridge’ poster, Oxfam archive
The Emily Hobhouse Letters, a project to recover Hobhouse’s contribution to international peace, relief and reconstruction in South Africa and Europe, launched its travelling exhibition, ‘War Without Glamour’, which draws extensively on documents from her archive held at the Bodleian on Thursday evening. (más…)