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James Brabazon Grimston

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James Brabazon Grimston (5th Earl of Verulum) (1910-1960)

1959 Chairman of Enfield Rolling Mills]; Chairman, Engineering and Lighting Equipment Co; is Chairman of Bryanston School; President of National Baby Welfare Council; Chairman of Council of British Institute of Management.

1960 Obituary [1]

JAMES BRABAZON GRIMSTON, fifth earl of Verulam, whose death occurred on October 13, at the age of fifty, was a member of an old landed family, to whom several callings were open after leaving university. He chose to enter industry and to make his own way in this field, becoming in a short time a leading figure in non-ferrous metal manufacturing.

Lord Verulam was also keenly interested in social welfare, and it is in this connection, perhaps, that he will best be remembered. For five years before the outbreak of war in 1939, he was closely associated with the work of the Subsistence Production Society of the Eastern Valleys of Monmouthshire, which, financially supported by the Government and by Lord Nuffield, made great efforts to deal with the widespread unemployment in the area. It enabled 500 of the older unemployed men of the district to produce essential goods and to own the means of production themselves. This experiment was one of the most successful of all those embarked upon at the time, and did much to alleviate the distress caused by prolonged industrial depression.

In addition to his interest in sociological matters, Lord Verulam was actively connected with management affairs, being, for some years, chairman of the British Institute of Management and the Institute of Industrial Administration. More recently, he took an interest in the plastics industry, and early in 1960 he delivered the eleventh annual lecture of the Plastics Institute.

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