Braziers Park Cottage
Braziers Ln, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6AP
Price: £5. Dinner beforehand: £15/£8/£6
A range of woodcraft groups were founded in Britain during and after the First World War as pacifist alternatives to militarism and imperialism in scouting. Open to women as well as men, and adults as well as children, their membership included former suffragettes, radical educators, spiritual seekers and social reformers of all kinds. As seen in the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry and the early Woodcraft Folk, woodcrafting was more than an outdoor leisure experience and an escape from industrialisation; it was informed by a utopian yearning for a cultural revolution in all aspects of living. This talk explores the ideas that informed the flowering of such groups in the early twentieth century and reviews their legacies, nearly a century on.
Annebella Pollen is a cultural historian at the University of Brighton. She is the recipient of a national Research Council grant to explore woodcraft culture in Britain and is the author of a new book and exhibition on the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift. The exhibition, Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred can be seen at Whitechapel Gallery, London until 13 March 2016. The book, The Kibbo Kift Kindred: Intellectual Barbarians, can be purchased direct from the publisher, Donlon Books.