10th Dec 2012 – J G Graves Businessman and Benefactor – Mike Spick

jggraves-246x300A well-researched and illus­trated talk from Mike who spent many years of his work­ing life in the Sheffield archives.  Born in Horncastle Lincolnshire, John George Graves moved to Sheffield to take up an appren­tice­ship as a watch­maker in the late 1880’s. He setup his own busi­ness, ini­tially selling gentleman’s pocket watches on hire pur­chase which expan­ded over time into a large mail order com­pany employ­ing over 3000 people – mainly women. He became Sheffield’s Lord Mayor in 1926 and was one of the lead­ing bene­fact­ors to the city. The art gal­lery and the park which still bear his name are a test­a­ment to his gen­er­os­ity.