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Chinese Scuplture From Royal Yorkshire Jubilee Exhibition

Hidden hero: William Fry, from Railwayman to Secretary of the Salt Schools

When the Royal Yorkshire Jubilee Exhibition was being planned (in 1886/1887) William Fry was described as Secretary and General Manager; a position which meant that he worked closely with Titus Salt junior. It also involved travelling round the country to visit other exhibitions at Edinburgh, Folkestone and Liverpool as well as the Colonial Exhibition in London and writing numerous letters in order to obtain exhibits and enlist support for the Exhibition; this was not an easy task as ‘obscurity, too small an affair’ were ‘prominent ideas to be combated’.

The rest of William Fry‘s biography is now one of our many stories of the men and women who helped to create Saltaire.

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