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The Barry Jackson Trust

In 1935, Sir Barry Jackson founded a trust to run Birmingham Repertory Theatre (effectively donating it to the city) and following his death in 1961, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust became a theatre charity.

In 1986, the Trust’s income was dramatically increased, when the about-to-be-abolished West Midlands Metropolitan County Council donated a large sum for the promotion of touring theatre in the region.

Since then the Trust has donated well over half a million pounds to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s community tours to schools and other venues in Birmingham and beyond.

ln addition, the County Fund has given well over £300,000 to other touring companies in the region, including Big Brum, Banner Theatre, Open Theatre, Stan’s Cafe, Women and Theatre and Theatre Absolute. The Trust supports educational work in theatre through a bequest from the Hornton Foundation and continues to look after Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company’s archive, relying on donations and legacies to support its work.

Information for grant applicants

The Sir Barry Jackson Trust

The Sir Barry Jackson County Fund

The Sir Barry Jackson Trust can be contacted by emailing

From 2 May 2024, all enquiries specifically about grants should be sent to the Grants Secretary at


Mrs D Shaw - Chair
Ms N Ahmed
Dr S Ball
Mr H Blackwood
Prof C Cochrane
Mr E Collier
Ms D Dosanjh
Prof M Evans
Councillor D S Hughes
Ms A R Ladbrook
Ms L Morgan - Honorary Secretary
Mr N Reading
Ms C Richardson-Jaquet
Mr Stuart Rogers
Prof G J Saunders