Brotherton Circle

The Brotherton Circle recognises the special commitment made by those who have pledged a gift to the University in their will.

It’s named after one of the University’s most significant benefactors, Lord Brotherton of Wakefield.

We invite everyone who has included a gift to Leeds in their will to join the Brotherton Circle. As a member, you’ll receive invitations to special events, an exclusive Brotherton Circle lapel pin, and an annual newsletter showing how legacy gifts are benefiting the University.

Brotherton Circle Event 2023

In September 2023, Brotherton Circle members joined us on campus for a visit to the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, where they learned about some of University's cutting edge research tackling challenges in electronics, security and human health.

Watch video highlights from the event on YouTube.

Who was Lord Brotherton?

Lord Brotherton’s remarkable philanthropy helped to create one of the UK’s great academic libraries at the University of Leeds, and means we can continue to expand our collections, even today.

As well as funding the building of the Brotherton Library during his lifetime, Lord Brotherton bequeathed his own magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts to the University in his will, providing the basis for the Brotherton Collection’s English literary section.

Lord Brotherton and his family also made bequests to create an endowment fund to support the growth of the Brotherton Collection. Thanks to their foresight and generosity, the Collection has more than doubled in size and continues to grow, and our Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery showcases unique items from this remarkable legacy.

Join the Brotherton Circle

If you would like to join the Brotherton Circle, please email Sally Hind at, or call Sally on +44 (0)113 343 4834.

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