Monday, May 07, 2007

Sidney and Beatrice Webb

London and political history connections:
  • In the 19th century, one 'Sidney Webb' was educated at Birkbeck College.
  • Birkbeck's motto is 'In nocte consilium', Study by Night.
  • Sidney and his wife Beatrice set up the Fabian Society in 1884.
  • In 1895, they created the London School of Economics (via a donation to the Fabian society).
  • Not content with founding two great intellectual institutions that continue to this day.. in 1913 they started the magazine the New Statesman.
  • They were closely involved with the Co-operative movement.
  • Famous co-ops: Lurpak butter, Best Western hotels, Brittany Ferries, Ocean Spray cranberry juice.
Pretty impressive CV if you ask me.

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