Cantors’ legacy to Hallam University

Hallam University: L-R, Dianne Jeffrey, Lily Cantor, Vice Chancellor Philip Jones.
Hallam University: L-R, Dianne Jeffrey, Lily Cantor, Vice Chancellor Philip Jones.

A NEW building on the city centre campus of Sheffield Hallam University now bears the name of the Cantor family, which was renowned in the city for its furniture stores.

After a result of a “generous” donation to Hallam from the H & L Cantor Trust, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the award-winning development in Furnival Street by Lily Cantor, wife of the late Harold Cantor.

Guests at the ceremony, including the Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, were given a tour of the building, seeing some of the students’ work in teaching rooms and two public galleries.

Lily Cantor’s niece, Dianne Jeffrey, who is married to Nick Jeffrey, former chair of the university’s board of governors, said: “Harold Cantor loved academia and learning and found the ethos behind Sheffield Hallam fascinating – especially in terms of widening access to people who may be the first in their families to go to university. This donation is just what Harold would have wanted, to give something back to the city that had always been so welcoming to him.”

The Cantor family began trading in 1920 and the famous furniture division opened its first store in Sheffield in 1927. The company expanded across the UK and, at its height, operated more than 100 outlets.

Hallam’s building houses its arts, computing, engineering and sciences faculty.