Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
Poland Street used to house an array of radical groups (some on the right, but mostly on the left). Described in the press as the centre for ‘the counter-civil service’, 9 Poland Street provided a base set up by The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRT), that housed Friends of the Earth, the Low Pay Unit, the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Socialist Society, the Tory Reform Group and the 300 Group, among many others (Smith, 2006). In 1993 the JRT supported the launch of Demos, “partly for its willingness to embrace progressive individuals from the worlds of finance, industry and commerce…” JRT also funded the European Movement.
Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes
- Trevor Smith 'The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd', in The Joseph Rowntree Inheritance, 1904-2004, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, 2004, p. 11.
- The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd TRUSTING IN CHANGE A STORY OF REFORM: CENTENARY EDITION 2004 Published by The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd., York, p. 21-2