Quakers in Business: a new history

Saturday 29 June 2024
10:30-16:00 (UK time)

Two piles of shiny British coins

There are many ideas about how Quakers succeeded in business because they were denied access to the professions and how then Quakers moved away from commerce in the twentieth century. This day revisits these ideas and offers fresh interpretations.

The day will comprise of three presentations, based on doctoral research at Woodbrooke of which two of the projects were supported by ‘Quakers and Business’. They will suggest a new outlook on how and why Quakers were involved in business and industry, who they were, and why the number of Quaker owned companies declined in the last century.

This online day will include plenty of time for questions, discussion and comment, with well-spaced breaks between the presentations. The day will include the Quakers and Business AGM to which all are welcome. A day for all those interested in Quaker history and Quakers and business.


  • Nicola Sleapwood completed her PhD with Woodbrooke on the changes affecting Quaker owned businesses in the twentieth century.
  • Andrew Fincham completed his PhD research at Woodbrooke on the reasons underlying Quaker commercial success.
  • Ian Cook’s doctoral research has focused on Quaker occupations, revealing new insights into the kinds of people Quakers in business were.

This course will involve:

SpeakerZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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