Our history

SJMT (Sir Josiah Mason Trust) was founded in 1868 by Josiah Mason, a Victorian industrialist and philanthropist.


After many changes to our legal structure over a 150 year period, in 2018, we become a Limited Company and Charity.  This new legal entity offers us greater protection and flexibility and enabled us to became the corporate Trustee of our 3 charities:  Sir Josiah Mason's Almshouse Charity, Sir Josiah Mason's Care Charity and Sir Josiah Mason's Relief in Need and Educational Charity.  

In July 2019, we welcomed two charities to our family as they had struggled to attract new Trustees to continue.  These are Holy Trinity Heath Town Almshouse Charity and Holte & Bracebridge Charity.  These fantastic, historic charities  continue to operate in their original name under the trusteeship and management of SJMT.  

Read more about each of these charities here by clicking on the name...

Sir Josiah Mason Trust
Holy Trinity Heath Town Charity
Holte & Bracebridge Charity

Sir Thomas Holte (1571-1654)


Sir Josiah Mason (1795-1881)

William Henry Rogers (1839-1900)

Letters from the Children who went to the Orphanage in Erdington going back to 1878

Whilst going through some old paperwork, we came across these historic letters that had been typed up in May 1933.

Extraction's of  parts of an album containing the earliest memories of some of the Children that lived in the Sir Josiah Mason Orphanage in Erdington.