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Emily Hobhouse's Peace Activism: War Without Glamour Exhibition

The War Without Glamour exhibition is part of a project being undertaken by Dr Dampier from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities together with academics from the University of Huddersfield and University of the Free State.

Emily Hobhouse

Emily Hobhouse is celebrated for her relief work in the concentration camps of the South African War.  This exhibition uncovers Emily Hobhouse’s less well-known contribution to international peace, humanitarianism, and South African politics in the post-war period, including her work in Germany following the First World War. Through her remarkable writings – most vividly her book War Without Glamour  – it  tells the story of her lifelong commitment to revealing the devastating impact of war on civilians. Newly-donated papers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford are showcased alongside letters, paintings and artefacts from international collections.

The FREE exhibition will be at Leeds Beckett University between 4 - 20 November.

There is also a FREE wine reception launch on 06 November at 17:30, The Mall, Leslie Silver Building  

Other UK venues include:
  • 27 June – 8 July: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield
  • 3-27 September: Hull History Centre 
  • 1-23 October: Alfred Gillett Trust, Street, Somerset
  • 25 November onwards: Liskeard Museum, Cornwall
  • An accompanying display will be at the Proscholium, Old Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 21 September – 24 November.

A second version of the exhibition will be simultaneously be touring South Africa:

  • 1-7 July: Free State Arts Festival, UFS.
  • Accompanying satellite displays and events will be taking place at the National Museum and the Anglo-Boer War Museum, Bloemfontein.

Visit the Emily Hobhouse project website for further information.

Lecture & Workshop

If you are interested in finding out more about the curation of the exhibition in the UK and South Africa, Dr Helen Dampier (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield) are giving a talk as part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series on 6 November at Leeds Town Hall. Further information is available on the event page

They will also be running a workshop for students on Wednesday 06 November, 15:30 -17:00. In this workshop they will reflect on their recent experience of curating an exhibition in the UK and South Africa, will deal with some of the practicalities of preparing an exhibition, and will include a guided tour of the exhibition itself. All undergraduate and postgraduate History students are welcome to attend. The workshop is likely to be of particular interest to students planning a career in the heritage/museums sector. Please email to confirm your attendance. 



Event Details

4 November 2019 -
20 November 2019
09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays)
Leslie Silver Building, Leeds Beckett University, LS1 3ES
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