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Uncovering the Life and Archive of Dame Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury, Quaker Philanthropist (1858-1951)

Elizabeth Taylor Cadbury is typically identified as the wife of Quaker chocolate manufacturer George Cadbury (1839-1922), described by the News Review in 1948 as ‘the Queen-Mother of British Chocolate’. However, beyond her popular identification with British confectionary, Taylor Cadbury deserves recognition in her own right for her lifelong philanthropic work supporting social welfare and education and promoting improved international relations. Indeed, on her death in December 1951 Taylor Cadbury was described by the News Chronicle as one of Birmingham’s most ‘grand and outstanding’ women. Taylor Cadbury’s public philanthropic work is well documented in her personal archive which contains hundreds of …