War Without Glamour   Exhibition arrives at Liskeard

War Without Glamour Exhibition arrives at Liskeard
Liskeard and District Museum

By: Liskeard Museum
Added: 02 December 2019

Liskeard Museum is excited to be the showcasing an international exhibition dedicated to the Life and Work of Emily Hobhouse.

Emily Hobhouse was born in 1860 just a few miles outside of Liskeard, at the rectory in St Ive. She was one of five surviving children of Reginald and Caroline Hobhouse. Reginald was rector of St Ive for over 50 years. Caroline was a descendant of the famous Squire Trelawney. At the age of 35 Emily’s life and new adventures away from Cornwall began.

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 were an important source of the research behind this exhibition by Dr Helen Dampier (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield). Liskeard Museum presents this exhibition alongside letters, paintings and artefacts from our own collection. We are also grateful for the loan of artefacts not normally on public display from local collections.

The exhibition will be formally opened on Saturday 14th December and will run until Februrary 2020.