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GB 141 Brunner - Papers of Sir John T. Brunner, Bart.

Testimonials. (1898-99)

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Physical Description 2 items.

Scope and Content

The testimonials in this section were awarded to Sir John T. Brunner to show support for his campaigns on workers' rights and improved education.

[The items in this section are large oversize items.]


Testimonial from the Parish Council of Barnton. (8 Jan 1898)

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Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

To Sir John T. Brunner in acknowledgement of his gift of a free school. Signed by the chairman and lists other staff. Testimonial also features a picture of the school and illustrated border.

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Testimonial from Boiler Makers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders Society. (4 Nov 1899)

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Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

To Sir John T. Brunner presented at the opening of Winsford Guildhall to acknowledge the work Brunner did for workers rights including the eight-hour working day, paid holiday, education and recreation grounds. The testimonial is illustrated in colour.

For papers discussing the eight-hour working day see Brunner/2/21.

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MS Notes. (n.d.)

Reference Brunner/4/4
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes prior to the publication of Sir John Brunner, Radical Plutocrat by Stephan Koss. A copy of this can be found in the Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool.


Notes by Stephan Koss, author of Sir John Brunner, Radical Plutocrat. (n.d.)

Reference Brunner/4/4/1
Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes for Stephan Koss, Sir John Brunner, Radical Plutocrat 1842-1919 (Cambridge University Press, 1970).


Benefactions and memberships. (1884-1918)

Reference Brunner/4/5
Physical Description 266 items.

Scope and Content

Chiefly correspondence regarding organisations of which Brunner was a member or founder, or supported.

Administrative / Biographical History

As well as being a prominent businessman and political figure Sir John T. Brunner supported many charities and organisations largely in his local area of Cheshire and Liverpool. He was a benefactor of many charities and most notably supported the University of Liverpool. Further to this he was a member of various organisations including the Freemasons and got involved in projects which supported his local area.


Letters and Papers regarding benefactions to various charities. (22 Dec 1884-13 Mar 1918)

Reference Brunner/4/5/1
Physical Description 146 items.

Scope and Content

Requests and thanks for donations to charities. Key benefactions include The Farmers' Alliance, Weaverham Cricket Club, Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress, Runcorn Recreation Football Club, Primitive Methodist College Manchester, Home for Inebriate Women, The Speaker publication including balance sheets and accounts, R.S.P.C.A, Refuge and Shelter for Women, Northwich Amateur Dramatic Society and the British Museum.


Letters and Papers regarding Brunner's membership of the Freemasons. (20 Nov 1886-17 Jan 1892)

Reference Brunner/4/5/2
Physical Description 10 items.

Scope and Content

Items include official certificates of membership (printed on vellum), various letters discussing the Freemasons at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire and printed leaflets: By-Laws of the Lodge of Sincerity ... no.428 Northwich, Questions which must be answered by the Candidates before Passingand Questions which must be answered by the Candidates before Raising.


Minute book of the Qu'est Ce Que C'est? Club in Widnes. (26 Jan 1870-27 Mar 1871)

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Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

The club's name translates as What is it?. The society was formed by John T. Brunner and friends (members listed on first page) in 1870. Minutes discuss words to be defined and establish definitions.


Letters regarding Brunner's involvement with various organisations. (24 Feb 1877-20 Sep 1916)

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Physical Description 27 items.

Scope and Content

Organisations include the Cobden Club, Crewe Philharmonic Society, Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society, The Chemical Society, The Hansard Publishing Union, The Boy Scouts Association, Reform Club and the National Liberal Club.

For Membership Certificate of the Ancient Order of Foresters see Brunner/4/5/5.


Membership Certificate of the Ancient Order of Foresters. (30 Jul 1887)

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Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Colour illustrated certificate of membership. Also lists key members of the order.

For letters regarding John T. Brunner's membership see Brunner/4/5/4/7.

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Letters and papers relating to benefactions to Victoria University College and the University of Liverpool. (9 May 1890-10 May 1916)

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Physical Description 20 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding Brunner's conversations with William Rathbone and his subsequent offer to fund the position of Chair of Economic Science and donate funds to the University of Liverpool Laboratories and Celtic Studies department. Other items include costing sheet for Brunner's funding to the University.


Letters and papers relating to English Universities. (10 Nov 1891-1 Jul 1914)

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Physical Description 16 items.

Scope and Content

Colleges and Universities mentioned include the Owens College and the Schorlemmer Laboratory, Bedford College for Women, University of Birmingham and the University of Leeds. Correspondence discusses opening and operations of new university departments largely new laboratories.


Letters and papers regarding the Map of the River Basin in County Groups. (28 Dec 1891-29 May 1893)

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Physical Description 17 items.

Scope and Content

Items include letters discussing the creation of the Map of the River Basin and thanks for sent copies, manuscript list of press to contact regarding the map, typescript copies of press opinions on the map and a list of places covered by the map.

[Maps are held at Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service].


Printed Rules for the Order of Oddfellows. (1891-92)

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Physical Description 2 items.

Scope and Content

Rules of the Rising Sun Lodge (no. 628) of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society. Halton and Runcorn District (Runcorn, 1891); Rules of the Halton and Runcorn District Juvenile Society of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows (Runcorn, 1892).


Papers relating to the Agricultural Banks Association. (Dec 1893-Dec 1894)

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Physical Description 3 items.

Scope and Content

Accounts and expenditures for Dec 1893-94, list of members of the association and a report for 1894 including a list of donations and blank form for becoming a member of the association.


Letters and Papers regarding an Archeological dig in Egypt. (8 Mar 1907-15 Feb 1913)

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Physical Description 10 items.

Scope and Content

Dig at Constantinople and papers include letters to Brunner updating progress, diagrams and a typescript list of items found and photographs of the dig.


Letters and papers relating to Halton Charity, Runcorn. (30 Dec 1907-24 Mar 1909)

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Physical Description 5 items.Some items in poor condition.

Scope and Content

Discussions about management of funds, establishment of Halton Charity to support the poor and the acceptance of a draft scheme for the charity. This draft is also included.


Letters and Papers regarding conferences held and attended by John T. Brunner. (27 Mar 1908-3 Oct 1917)

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Physical Description 8 items.

Scope and Content

Conferences mentioned include the Seventh International Congress of Applied Chemistry, Dresden Hygiene Exhibition and the National Liberal Federation which also includes a typescript of a speech made by the President of the National Liberal Federation.