Past Exhibit


A Prescription of Handicrafts: The Industrial Department of the Grenfell Mission

In the early 1900s the rise of the Arts and Crafts movement led to the development of a new industry in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Started as a cottage industry and an early method of occupational therapy, the Industrial Department of the Grenfell Mission sought to market the traditional hooked rugs created by local women and to introduce profitable new crafts. Although the overall success of the endeavor has been the subject of debate, the quality and beauty of the crafts created cannot be denied. This exhibit explores folk art created under the auspices of the Grenfell Mission through artifacts and archival records.