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Learning About Community: Oxford House in Bethnal Green 1940-48

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The Settlement Movement was the idea of the Rev. Samuel Barnett, vicar of Whitechapel, who encouraged young men from Oxford and Cambridge University to go to work and live amongst the poor of the East End of London. The first settlement houses to be established in 1884 were Toynbee Hall and Oxford House, which was in Bethnal Green. Peter Kuenstler went to work at Oxford House in 1940. Like others on the staff there, he was a conscientious objector. His booklet describes the activities and services provided for the local community by Oxford House, both during the War and in the immediate post-war period. The House provided social and community services, such as children's groups, camping holidays and a boys’ club. During the Blitz it acted as an air-raid shelter and as a rest centre for bombed out families. The boys’ club organised activities including football and a particularly successful boxing club. During this period Oxford House also ran ‘The Poor Man's Lawyer’, a legal advice service provided by volunteer lawyers. This booklet is written from the personal experience of Peter Kuenstler and provides an unusual insight into the community of the East End of London in the 1940s and the nature of youth work at this time. It contains a few black and white photographs.
Although second-hand, this booklet is virtually as new

Item details

Author(s):
Peter Kuenstler
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
21 x 14.8
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0-9548943-0-8
Number of pages:
44
Publisher:
History and Social action Publications 2004
Title:
Learning About Community: Oxford House in Bethnal Green 1940-48’

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The Settlement Movement was the idea of the Rev. Samuel Barnett, vicar of Whitechapel, who encouraged young men from Oxford and Cambridge University to go to work and live amongst the poor of the East End of London. The first settlement houses to be established in 1884 were Toynbee Hall and Oxford House, which was in Bethnal Green. Peter Kuenstler went to work at Oxford House in 1940. Like others on the staff there, he was a conscientious objector. His booklet describes the activities and services provided for the local community by Oxford House, both during the War and in the immediate post-war period. The House provided social and community services, such as children's groups, camping holidays and a boys’ club. During the Blitz it acted as an air-raid shelter and as a rest centre for bombed out families. The boys’ club organised activities including football and a particularly successful boxing club. During this period Oxford House also ran ‘The Poor Man's Lawyer’, a legal advice service provided by volunteer lawyers. This booklet is written from the personal experience of Peter Kuenstler and provides an unusual insight into the community of the East End of London in the 1940s and the nature of youth work at this time. It contains a few black and white photographs.
Although second-hand, this booklet is virtually as new

Author(s):
Peter Kuenstler
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
21 x 14.8
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0-9548943-0-8
Number of pages:
44
Publisher:
History and Social action Publications 2004
Title:
Learning About Community: Oxford House in Bethnal Green 1940-48’

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