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Eglantine Jebb- Save the children

Eglantine Jebb- The story behind the seminar and sculptures


By Alex Whilding president- @alexwxm99 and Cat Davies- Vice president- @sukypanda



Save the children.

Eglantine Jebb is a quite remarkable lady from Elsemere. Eglantine was born in 1876 and what she went on to achieve throughout her life nobody could have expected. Eglantine Jebb went on to found the Save the children campaign in 1919.

Jebb was a social reformer and teacher. One day she was so disgusted at Images that she had seen in a newspaper about children starving in countries like Germany. This was during the 1st world war when allied troops would not let food supplies in to the countries. There was a group called the famine council and she joined the fight to get food and medical supplies to those children.

Eglantine then went on to handing leaflets out too people in Trafalgar square these leaflets had images of children it read a headline of

Our blockade did this millions of children are starving to death”

Due to her passion that day Eglantine ended up getting arrested and found guilty for her protest. She was also fined £5 for her protests. Although the judge was very impressed with Eglantine’s passion and commitment to children that her paid the fine for her. That £5 went on to be the first donation to Save the children.

That was just the beginning of Eglantine’s work. Just two years later Save the children were doing in work in war torn countries beyond Europe such as Russia.

Save the Children USA began with a hot lunch program for underno

Eglantine Jebb

Following on from that in 1924 Eglantine attended the league of nations convention in Genovia. She showed leaders from around the world a deceleration of the rights of the child. She stressed the importance how important it is to remember the “forgotten” children. The declaration was later adopted a year later and then later updated in an extended form by the united nations in 1954.

Eglantine passed away shortly after in December 1928.


As save the children hit the land mark of 100 years last year, ideas and plans to celebrate the landmark this year had been put in place. The main event was a planned seminar that was planned for last week but due to the current circumstances had to be cancelled. There are plans in the pipe line of how what was planned to take place in the seminar could still take place at a later date just in a different format.

However there is still part of the project ongoing and going to be completed once it is possible again. This is the development of a new garden in Elsemere to commemorate the work of Eglantine Jebb and her sister Dorathy Buxton.

This is part of an 18-month project that has been possible due to part funding from grants from the heritage lottery fund, Arts council England and donations from both local companies and charitable organisations

Our vice president Cat Davies caught up with semi-retired Journalist John Shone who is on board with the project to tell us some more information on his role and the project.

When asked about his role in the project John said “I am a semi-retired journalist im here to distribute publicity.”

The sisters digital composition

The digital composition of the sisters by Nick Eames

Cat asked John for some more information on the gardens project.

“They are there to symbolise the journey that refuges have been on. They should last around 100 years”

There are two different artists that are part of the project Nick Eames and John Merrill.

“John Merrill has already done work around the mere called shush that is very popular. John’s sculpture is in wood and focusing upon a refugee”

And as for Nick he got involved “We published that we were looking for artists to bid for the project and that is how they got involved”

“Nick’s work is called the sister it is down already but it is covered up and they should last for at least 100 years”


Cat asked John for information on what the gardens will be called and if there is any more tributes.


“The garden will be called Jebb Gardens we are hoping to have a rose there named Eglantine too. This is because Eglantine is a type of rose and it was a family name with several people in her family called Eglantine.”

We would like to thank John Shone for taking time out during these extraordinary circumstances to talk to us. Please keep an eye out on the Egwyl website for more information on the project and updates.

For more information please click here.

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