Papers of Harry Weston (1896-1989), machine tool manufacturer and local politician [Conservative Party]

Scope and Content

Tape recordings of interviews with Weston, and ephemera.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harry Weston (1896-1989) was born in Coventry. Following his apprenticeship and the First World War, Weston founded Modern Machine Tools in 1928, a company that produced water pumps, lathes and other machinery. Weston made a long contribution to Coventry civic life, becoming a Conservative City Council member in 1936; holding the post of alderman, from 1955-1974; and being elected mayor in 1951. Weston was also awarded the MBE, in 1974.

Reference: Richard Storey, article on Weston in 'Dictionary of Business Biography, Vol.5' (1986).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1976.