Lord Nuffield

Viscount Nuffield, 1938, by Sydney Percy Kendrick, Pembroke College, OxfordLord Nuffield’s great generosity to Oxford colleges

William Morris, Lord Nuffield, probably did more than any other individual to transform Oxford in the twentieth century, physically, economically and socially. His success as an industrialist allowed him to become one of Britain’s most generous benefactors; he gave away the equivalent of £1.5 billion in today’s money, to causes including health, education and academic research. This talk looks specifically at Lord Nuffield’s vital support to various Oxford colleges, including the saving of St Peter’s from closure, and the founding of the college which bears his name, Nuffield College. It also explores his complex and sometimes difficult relationship with the university.

Contact me on 01865 242760 or liz@lizwoolley.co.uk to book this talk. 

A guided walk on Lord Nuffield and Morris Motors in Oxford is also available.


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