Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Working men's bodiesWork camps in Britain, 1880-1940$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Field

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087684

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087684.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 October 2018

‘We work amongst the lowest stratum of life’

‘We work amongst the lowest stratum of life’

The early labour colonies

(p.32) 2 ‘We work amongst the lowest stratum of life’
Working men's bodies

John Field

Manchester University Press

Most of the earliest British labour colonies were opened by non-conformist churches. By far the largest was the Salvation Army colony at Hadleigh, which opened in 1891, and others followed in England and Scotland. In the aftermath of the Boer Wars, public opinion was concerned over the prospect of physical deterioration; preoccupations with national efficiency were intensified by the economic crises of the early years of the twentieth century. Following the passage of the Unemployed Workmen Act, a number of local authorities opened labour colonies. All of the early colonies were exclusively for men, and overwhelmingly were seen as a way of relieving unemployment. William Beveridge saw them as complementing labour exchanges and other reformed institutions. However, the municipal labour colony movement lost momentum by the time of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws.

Keywords:   Labour colonies, Unemployment, Poor laws, George Lansbury, Nonconformism, Salvation Army, Social work

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.