There is a talk at Willesden Green Library Centre at 6.30pm on 18th May 2011 on John Passmore Edwards, a notable benefactor who assisted in setting up libraries, among many other things. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Preston campaign) if you can send anyone to help give out SOS (Brent Save Our Six Libraries campaign) leaflets beforehand. Phil will need people to be there from around 6pm.The Passmore Edwards Legacy: Illustrated talk by Dean Evans
Willesden Green Library, 95 High Rd, London NW10 2SF
Contact: 020 8937 3400
From a humble home in a little Cornish village he became a City journalist, MP for Salisbury, Editor of a leading London newspaper, life-long champion of the working classes and is remembered as being a Benefactor Extraordinary ( R S Best 1981). In just 14 years over 70 major buildings were established as a direct result of bequests from John Passmore Edwards as well as many other gifts and donations to further their good work. Hospitals, Libraries, Schools, Convalescent Homes and Art galleries were provided, many of which continue to serve the community to which they were given. In his “English Philanthropy 1660-1960” the social historian David Owen says “Amongst the late Victorian philanthropists, Passmore Edwards will survive critical examination better than most. Not only were his motives beyond reproach.. but his benefactions expressed deeply held and intelligent convictions about conditions of progress in his society”.