21st CENTURY: CHANGING NEEDS AND A NEW APPROACH

By the end of the 20th century requests for aid in the Paris area had declined markedly and so had the Charity’s visibility. But the need was still there; it had merely shifted to other parts of...

WORLD WAR II

WORLD WAR II - From 1939, when many British workers lost their jobs and until 1940, when the trustees were obliged to leave Paris, the BCF helped to repatriate many British citizens.

THE 1930s

Work increased for the Charity in the immediate aftermath of the war and then again during the economic crisis of the 1930s when British workers and their families were hit hard by the loss of jobs...

THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914/18

At the outbreak of the Great War almost 2000 British citizens from all parts of Europe fled to Paris and were stranded.

THE FLOODS of 1910

Much of the city was inundated, devastating the lives of the poor in the city and greatly increasing calls on the BCF’s funds. Exceptional support was received at the time from the Lord Mayor of...

1900 THE BRISCOE ENDOWMENT

1900 saw a radical change in the fortunes of the BCF when a hotly contested legacy in the will of Lt Colonel Hylton Briscoe was released to the Charity five years after his death.

THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1878

THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1878 saw another influx of people searching for work. Many were disappointed and found themselves in abject poverty.

THE SIEGE OF PARIS AND THE COMMUNE 1870-71

In the winter of 1870-1871, the Prussians laid siege to Paris. Our principal benefactor during this period was Sir Richard Wallace, who was also Chairman for 20 years.

1830 to 1865: DISTINGUISHED DONORS

Charles Dickens and Emperor Napoleon III ... Throughout the 19th century, and especially when need was greater in the revolution years of 1830 and 1848, the BCF relied heavily on large-scale...

1823: LORD GRANVILLE

The British Ambassador, Lord Granville, established the BCF in 1823. Just a few years after the fall of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, the British community in Paris was mushrooming.