The Colonel Edelsten Bequest



Warrington LitFest 2014 is pleased to be working in partnership with The Colonel Edelsten Bequest to promote writing for children and adults in Warrington and across the Northwest.


Colonel John Arthur Edelsten (1863-1931)

Known mainly for his distinguished military career, Colonel J.A. Edelsten was also a generous benefactor to Warrington Museum.  He donated an important collection of pottery and porcelain to the Museum plus his collection of 8000 shell specimens in 1918.

Following his death the trustees of his estate bequeathed a sum of money for the purchase of artworks to be administered by Warrington Corporation.

In 1961 the  Colonel Edelsten Bequest became a registered charity  (number 223870) and continued to be administered by Warrington Borough Council until 2012 when it became an independent body.

New trustees were appointed and, with the approval of the Charity Commission, in  December 2013 the charity’s  objectives were revised  with the purpose of the charity being  “To use the funds of the Colonel Edelsten Bequest to support the arts, culture and heritage in Warrington  in accordance with the wishes of the Trustees.”