Whitley, John Henry, Archive
Collection documents the varied career and personal life of John Henry Whitley. Whitley's occupations included Halifax mill owner, champion of universal education, revered local politician, Speaker of the House of Commons, Chairman of the Royal Commission on Labour in India and Chairman of the BBC.

The archive includes letters from Winston Churchill and King George V and the autographs of Gandhi, Benito Mussolini and cricketer Wilfred Rhodes.

The collection is split into 8 sections: reference sources relating to J. H. Whitley; scrapbooks compiled by the Whitley family; personal papers, correspondence and photographs relating to Whitley's career and family life; press cuttings referring to J.H. Whitley; a series of cartoons from Punch magazine commenting on Whitley's career; a section concentrating on the history of Whitley councils; material relating to Whitley's relationship with his school, Clifton College and information relating to the General Strike of May 1926.
  • JHW/11

    Audio recordings Item

    19 Dec 1932
    An audio recording of the opening radio broadcast of the BBC Empire Broadcasting Service which features J H Whitley (Chairman of the BBC) and Sir John Reith (Director-General of the BBC). The audio recording is stored on a compact disk in CD Audio Track (.cda) format. The recording came from (and was originally digitised by) the BBC Sound Archive.

    Together with the audio recording are some research notes concerning this broadcast, includng: a transcript of J H Whitley's speech on the recording; a printed copy of an article on the BBC's website concerning the foundation of the BBC's world Service (, accessed in June 2016) and a photocopy of a newspaper article containing letters of appreciation/memories of J H Whitley by Sir Alexander Mackenzie Livingstone, "D.S.M" and Edward Miles.
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