The Samuel Driver White Suite

Samuel Driver White (1938-2017) was not born and bred in Worcestershire but when he moved here to join Clark &Co, as it then was, he immediately immersed himself in almost all the cultural activities in the county and surrounding area.

Professionally, he rose to be senior partner in Harrison Clark; during that time and after retirement, it was difficult to name all the local charitable and artistic bodies in which he was involved.

His main passion was Music and for over forty-five years he was instrumental in maintaining and expanding the Three Choirs Festival, initially in Worcester but latterly chairing The Three Choirs Association which covered all three Cities.

Although music was his main passion it was by no means his only one. In 1990 he became Chairman of the Dyson Perrins Museum, now the Museum of Royal Worcester. The closure of the Royal Worcester Factory in April 2009 had a dramatic effect on the attendance and finance of the Museum, and he worked tirelessly to maintain its status as a focus for those interested in some of the finest bone china in the world.

The Museum was then consequently adjacent to a derelict factory. He saw that something was required to revive the site as a strong Worcester visitor attraction, and he had a significant influence on the decision to invest in the redevelopment of the old works. 

The outcome is the Royal Porcelain Works, of which his Suite is now part.