John Graves inspires exhibition in Sheffield library

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The man after whom Graves Park and Graves Art Gallery is named is the subject of a new exhibition this spring.

Sheffield businessman, civic figure and philanthropist John Graves has inspired the J. G. Graves exhibition, which will open at the Local Studies Library on May 1.

The exhibition has been curated by PhD student Rachael Richardson, who has been researching Mr Graves’ business and civic activities for a number of years. She will open the exhibition with a talk open to the public.

Rachael said: “As a prominent employer he provided employment opportunities for thousands of Sheffield’s working class population. He also introduced a series of welfare initiatives for the benefit of his employees and these placed him on a par with such figures as Joseph Rowntree and Cadburys.

“His prominent civic roles in Sheffield revolved around local politics and his philanthropy. In local politics he played important roles in the city’s urban modernisation.”

The exhibition will run in the library - on the first floor of the Central Library on Surrey Street - until May 28.

The public talk will take place on May 1 at 12.15pm in the Carpenter Room, Central Library.