It is with sadness we announce the recent death of Michael Oglesby CBE, a member (with his wife Jean) of the Lit & Phil from 2008 to 2018 – when he retired due to ill health. During that time his Oglesby Charitable Trust most generously sponsored the production of our ‘John Dalton Selected Papers’. 125 copies of some of the papers which John Dalton presented to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society between 1794 and 1805 are in this hard-backed book, and we present them to some of our speakers when they talk on relevant subjects.
Michael Oglesby was a Manchester-based property entrepreneur, with an amazing philanthropic spirit, with much involvement in the life of the city and region. His company Bruntwood apparently owns about 20% of the office space in Manchester, as well as being involved in similar activity in other Northern cities. He started from scratch and became adept at using many of the old industrial buildings already in the area from the time of the industrial revolution.
He was also heavily involved in the civic life of Greater Manchester, including roles in the universities and local government. The family’s Charitable Trust was set up in 1993, supporting a very wide range of charities all over the North West – 10% of the company’s profits still go into this Trust. He also played a leading role at the Royal Northern College of Music, at Chetham’s School of Music, and at the Royal Exchange Theatre. His family have now taken up the reins of his business and philanthropic commitments, continuing in Michael’s commitments to both commerce and community involvement. We send them our great sympathy for their loss.