Sir Jesse Boot – Recreation and Education, the Highfield Estate

Jesse Boot was a great benefactor to the City of Nottingham. He donated land for the new University at Highfields which opened in 1928. Both he and his wife Florence took a keen interest in the welfare of their employees.

Activities were organised for the workers outside working hours. This took many forms, various clubs catering for different hobbies and pastimes such as cycling and tennis or day trips to the seaside or other locations.

Florence made sure that all the workers had a cup of cocoa before they started work and works canteens were installed.

This presentation was delivered by Professor John Becket on 25 September 2015 when we all learned more about the legacy left by this enlightened couple.

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