Success is shared

Joseph Rowntree starts a library for employees in 1885 by donating £10 of his own money, raising £10 from another source, and docking a penny a week from workers’ pay.

JR – as he prefers to be known by staff at the Cocoa Works –  believes it to be important for people to use their leisure time in a positive and creative way. The development of a staff library is a first step in the creation of an array of clubs and societies to support staff in their education and general well-being.


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