Highbury Trust

Background

Highbury: the former home of the Chamberlain familyHighbury: the former home of the Chamberlain family

UPDATE 2017 Chamberlain Heritage Trust

there's more information at https://chamberlainhighburytrust.co.uk/

Here's what Birmingham City Council said:

NEW CHAMBERLAIN HIGHBURY TRUST TAKES SHAPE: First Chair Appointed by City Council

Mr Les Sparks is to be the first chair of the proposed new Trust for Highbury Hall and estate, the former Kings Heath home of Joseph Chamberlain, built by the Victorian statesman in 1878.

The new Trust would be able to focus on Highbury and its local and national potential in a way the Council could not.

Welcoming his new role, Mr Sparks commented:

“We have a unique opportunity to assemble a group of experienced trustees from different backgrounds to work with the local community to determine the future of Highbury. There will be difficult decisions ahead, but I am confident that this famous estate can become one of the region’s most important centres of culture and learning, and truly worthy of Chamberlain’s generous bequest to the city of Birmingham.”

Mr Paul Richards has been appointed Trust Vice Chairman.

Following a strong response to the Council's advert for trustees, further appointments to the Chamberlain Highbury Trust shadow board will take place shortly.

Background

Joseph ChamberlainJoseph ChamberlainChamberlain, Joseph Austen (1836-1914). Joseph Chamberlain was born in Camberwell London, coming to Birmingham aged 18 to work for his uncle Joseph Nettlefold at his screw factory. He was elected as a Liberal town councillor 1867 and became mayor in 1873 holding the office for three successive years. He was responsible for domestic gas and electricity, the building of Corporation Street and the beginnings of slum clearance; largely thanks to Chamberlain Birmingham famously became known as 'the best governed City in the World'. He entered Parliament 1876 and became Gladstone's President of the Board of Trade 1880. He was largely responsible for the fall of the Liberal government following which he led the Liberal Unionists who joined a coalition with the Conservatives; Salisbury appointed him Colonial Secretary 1895 after which Chamberlain was instrumental in directing government colonial policy during the Boer War. He built and lived at Highbury in Moseley now owned by Highbury Trust; his library remains intact. Chamberlain suffered a stroke 1906 and left politics; he died 1914. He was married three times; his eldest son was Austen Chamberlain; his son by his second marriage was Neville Chamberlain, a son of his second marriage also became Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Prime Minister.