Sir Arthur Carlton came to Worcester in 1903 as a lessee of the Theatre Royal. He had interests in several theatres throughout the Country and was a pioneer in early cinema. A keen supporter of amateur dramatics, he also favored the use of Theatre in fundraising activities, notably for Worcester Infirmary.
He became Mayor of Worcester in 1916 and served three consecutive years in office, devoting much of his energies to supporting the war effort, for which work he received the CBE in 1920. He was appointed Mayor again in 1922 for a fourth term.
He spent a great deal of his time promoting Anglo-American friendship, largely through sporting activities with Worcester Massachusetts. Arthur Carlton was knighted in 1924 and died in 1931.
Location: Guildhall Ground Floor – Lower Hall