Papers of the Uganda Ladies' Working Party, Blackburn, Lancashire

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC345
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of the Uganda Ladies' Working Party, Blackburn, Lancashire
Date(s) of contents: 1888-1972
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 6 vols.


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Administrative/Biographical history: This society was set up in 1888 in order to support the CMS Uganda mission. It was initially called the Eastern Equatorial Africa Working Party but subsequently was renamed the Uganda Ladies' Working Party. It was set up under the auspices of the CMS but was especially connected with the work of Rev Robert P. Ashe, a CMS missionary from Blackburn. He served in Uganda and during a furlough in England in 1887, he reported on the missionaries' need for a boat to allow them to cross the Nyanza Victoria Lake. The proceeds of the first sale of work, which was promoted by Miss Ashe, Rev Ashe's sister and the Misses Lewis, were devoted towards the purchase of a steamer. The Working Party met fortnightly and aimed to make things to be sold in aid of the Uganda mission. In 1926 it was reconstituted and the funds it raised were subsequently used for CMS medical mission work in the protectorate of Uganda and from this date it met monthly. In 1970 it became known as the Friends of the Uganda Working Party and it was dissolved in 1972.
Reference: Finding aid to the collection

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS per J. Greaves, Mar 1976; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

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Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises the minute books of the Uganda Ladies Working Party, 1926-1972, including annual reports and accounts, a meeting book which records attendance and subscriptions of lady members together with newscuttings about the annual sales of work, 1903-1921 and a manuscript set of rules of the society, 1888

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official Papers


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers

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Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.



Date(s) of descriptions: Created 8/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002

Missionary support organizations

Personal names

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Church Missionary Society
Uganda Ladies' Working Party

East Africa