Sir Josiah Mason
celebrating 150 years of his legacy
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Sir Josiah
Mason Trust, a group of charities established by Birmingham
based industrialist and philanthropist, Josiah Mason.
Sir Josiah Mason’s Orphanage for Boys and Girls
Monday 1st October 2018, 4:00-6:30pm
Venue: Wolfson Centre for Archival Research, level 4, Library of Birmingham
About the workshop
Come along to a talk by Betty Foster, local historian and child of the orphanage, as she shares the history of Sir Josiah Mason orphanage which was founded in Erdington in 1868.
The event will include a 50 minute talk, followed by questions and answers, and an opportunity to look at original archives of the Trust held in the Library of Birmingham Collections!
Sir Josiah Mason | the man
Saturday 3rd November 2018, 11:15 - 13:15
About the workshop
Come along to a talk, by Betty Foster (local historian and trustee of the Charities) about Josiah the man. Born in Kidderminster in 1795 with “no advantage of birth”, Josiah went on to build a vast fortune from self-taught engineering skills and astute business knowledge. He became famous for engineering innovations and became the largest manufacturer of steel pens and pen nibs in the world. He was knighted in 1872 for his charitable work.
The event will include a 50 minutes talk, followed by questions and answers, and an opportunity to look at original archives of the Trust held in the Library of Birmingham Collections!
Since there will be original archival material at this event, all attendees will be asked to place bags and coats etc. in the lockers provided, to use only pencils for making notes (laptops and tablets are welcome!), and will not be able to consume food or drink in the room in which the archives are out.
Sir Josiah Mason the man talk
How to find us:
The Wolfson Centre for Archival Research is based on level 4 of the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. For directions and maps see the link below. On arrival, please report to the information desk on level 4.