||Lord Barnby Foundation Library
The Right Honourable Lord Barnby, CText FTI, was
born Francis Vernon Willey in 1884 and succeeded to the title
in 1929. He had a life-long association with the textile industry
and his connections, not only in textiles, were wide-ranging.
He joined The Textile Institute in 1926 and was awarded the Fellowship
and Chartered Membership in 1928. In 1960, the Institute’s
Silver Jubilee year, he was elected President of The Textile Institute,
a position he held for 2 years.
Lord Barnby had an international reputation, particularly in
wool textile circles, and had business interests in many countries
so he appreciated the international character of the Institute’s
membership. In his Presidential Address in 1960 he emphasised
the importance of research and technological developments to
successful business enterprises. He firmly believed that knowledge
was the key to commercial success and that The Textile Institute
was ‘the gateway to knowledge in the textile industries’.
He demonstrated this belief tangibly in 1980 when he established
a subsidiary of his charitable foundation to support the work
of the Institute. This finance is used to maintain and develop
the Lord Barnby Foundation Library and Information Service,
which is housed at The Textile Institute’s International
Headquarters in Manchester, England. The Library has developed
into an important source of information on technological advances
and on business, economic and management data for TI members
throughout the world.