Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC345
TitleAccession 345: Records of the Uganda Ladies' Working Party, Blackburn, Lancashire
Extent6 volumes
DescriptionMinute books, 1926-1972 and an attendance register, 1903-1921.

The minute books include copies of annual reports and accounts. The attendance register includes a record of subscriptions of lady members, newscuttings about the annual sales of work, and a manuscript set of rules of the society dated 1888.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official Papers.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe Uganda Ladies' Working Party (initially 'Eastern Equatorial Africa Working Party') was set up in 1888 to support the CMS Uganda Mission. It met fortnightly and aimed to make things to be sold in aid of the Uganda Mission.

Although set up under the auspices of the CMS, it was especially connected with the work of Rev Robert P. Ashe, a CMS missionary from Blackburn. Rev Ashe was stationed in Uganda. 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 Working Party's first sale of work, (promoted by Miss Ashe, Rev Ashe's sister and the Misses Lewis), were devoted towards the purchase of a steamer.

In 1926, the Working Party was reconstituted. It began to meet monthly and the funds it raised were used for CMS medical mission work in the protectorate of Uganda.

In 1970, the name was changed to Friends of the Uganda Working Party.

It was dissolved in 1972.

Reference: Finding aid to the collection
Custodial HistoryDeposited 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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