The Salvation Army’s overseas settlements and colonies, 1890-1939

ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship in the Midlands Graduate School – University of Leicester & Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

The metropolitan and imperial dimensions of The Salvation Army’s work came together in founder William Booth’s In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890), a three-stage plan to ‘save’ the poorest 10% of Britain’s population. The plan hinged on their progressive movement from ‘City Colony’ to ‘Farm Colony’ and then to the ‘Colony Over-Sea’. The City Colony was the term applied to the metropolitan shelters run by The Salvation Army after 1891. The Farm Colony was to engage men in agricultural training and moral rehabilitation so that they would become ‘capable, industrious citizens.’ The ‘Colony Over-Sea’ sought to establish closely regulated settlements specifically for the ‘submerged tenth’, and pathways of migration open to all. Concurrently, the Salvation Army was engaged in the establishment of Indigenous and ‘native’ farms and colonies overseas.

This project aims to produce an innovative PhD on this history, framed within the larger economic and social histories of Britain and Empire, poverty, welfare, social reform, and emigration. The PhD student will also create new ‘subject guides’ to archives for the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre; and oversee a range of knowledge exchange activities (workshop, exhibition, social media, popular history) which will enhance public understanding of the Salvation Army’s global history and archival collections.

Where required, the studentship is available to fund up to 1 year of MA study or skills training, in addition to the 3 year period of doctoral study.

Application deadline: 17 February 2017

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