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The Brotherton Circle

 January 29, 2018 | Simon Jenkins

The Brotherton Circle recognises the special commitment made by alumni and friends who have pledged a legacy to Leeds. It is named after one of the University’s earliest and most significant benefactors, Lord Brotherton of Wakefield, whose lifetime gifts and subsequent bequests funded the building of the Brotherton Library and established the Brotherton Collection.

We invite everyone who has included a gift to Leeds in their Will to join the Brotherton Circle. As a member you would receive an exclusive Brotherton Circle lapel pin, invitations to special events and an annual newsletter highlighting the positive impact that legacy gifts have on the University.

Lord Brotherton’s remarkable philanthropy helped to create one of the UK’s great academic libraries at the University of Leeds, and means we can continue to expand our collections, even today.

As well as funding the building of the Brotherton Library during his lifetime, Lord Brotherton bequeathed his own magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts to the University, providing the basis for the Brotherton Collection’s English literary section.

Lord Brotherton and his family also made bequests to create an endowment fund to support the growth of the Brotherton Collection. Thanks to their foresight and generosity, the Collection has more than doubled in size and continues to grow.

This Yorkshire Post Article looks at Lord Brotherton’s remarkable legacy to the University – and its enduring impact.

Get in touch

If you would like to join the Brotherton Circle, please complete a Remembering Leeds form or contact Sally Hind:, +44 (0)113 343 4834.

The Brotherton Circle