Robert Dukinfield Darbishire

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire (1826โ€“1908) was a prominent Manchester lawyer and philanthropist.


Robert Dukinfield Darbishire's father, Samuel Dukinfield Darbishire (1799-1870), was a founder of Manchester Athenaeum and Manchester New College.[1] Robert Dukinfield Darbishire was a lay student for four years and worked for his father's law office. He graduated from the London University in 1845.[2]

In 1857, he became the lay secretary of the Manchester College, and served for 37 years, including 22 years with his friend Charles Beard.[2]

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire was instrumental in setting up the Whitworth Art Gallery.[3][4]

He was a founding member of the Manchester High School for Girls.[5]

Robert Dukinfield Darbishire left money in his will to found the Darbishire House Health Centre, which paved the way for a number of organisations, including the Robert Darbishire Practice, the University of Manchester Department of General Practice and the Centre for Primary Care Research (later the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre). Robert Darbishire was one of the first major donors to the Manchester Museum, giving over 700 items to their collection from 1904 onwards. He was part of a Manchester network of acquirers who would buy many artifacts and then donate them to the city's institutions.[6]

Darbishire was a particular advocate of women's right to education.[7]

Art collection


  1. ^ Morris, Edward (2001). Public Art Collections in North-west England: A History and Guide. Liverpool University Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-85323-527-9.
  2. ^ a b V.D. David (1932). "A history of Manchester College" (PDF).
  3. ^ Pickstone, John V. (1985). Medicine and Industrial Society: A History of Hospital Development in Manchester and Its Region, 1752-1946. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-1809-1. p 193.
  4. ^ "History of Whitworth Park and Gallery". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
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  6. ^ Samuel J. M. M. Alberti (15 October 2009). Nature and Culture: Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum. Oxford University Press. pp. 94โ€“95. ISBN 9780719081149.
  7. ^ Goodman, Joyce; Harrop, Sylvia (2002). Women, Educational Policy-Making and Administration in England: Authoritative Women Since 1800. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-1346-3969-4. p 42.
  8. ^ "Copy of the Portland Vase". Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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