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City of our Dreams

From front cover of TS43



J. B. Morrell and the shaping of modern York.

By Katherine A. Webb. Borthwick Texts and Studies 44.

ISBN: 978-1-904497-65-3


Detailed Description

JB Morrell is one of the key figures in the development of the York we know today - from the development of the York Art Gallery; the conservation of many of York's historic buildings; the successful campaign for a University and the development of the Castle Museum. Beyond this was another Morrell - the politician, the mayor, and the businessman, possessed with wit, foresight and a deep care for the city of his birth. This new, meticulously researched work is the first detailed study of JB Morrell, charting his life, influences and legacy.



Introduction: Morrell and York


1 The Banker's Son

 Growing up in York: the impact of the city

 Father and son: the influence of William Wilberforce Morrell

 Bootham School


2 Business and Liberal Politics

 J. B. Morrell and Rowntree & Co.

 Liberal politics and newspapers

 Liberal Progressives and municipal politics

 Early years on York City Council


3 Alderman Morrell

 The interwar years: York's 'chancellor of the exchequer'

 York Public Library

 York City Art Gallery

 The Evelyn Appeal

 York Castle Museum

 The Shambles



4 The Dream City

 The city of our dreams

 York Civic Committee

 A plan for York

 York Civic Trust

 Later publications, and the origins of York Conservation Trust


 5 The Great Citizen

 Morrell in the early 1940s

 Lord Mayor of York 1949-50


 The Yorkshire Philosophical Society

 The Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust

 The University of York

 90 years 


 6 J. B. Morrell: Life and Legacy