Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman GCB PC (7 September 1836 – 22 April 1908) was a Liberal politician and statesman from the United Kingdom. From 1905 to 1908, he was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and from 1899 to 1908, he was the leader of the Liberal Party. He was also secretary of state for war twice, in the Gladstone and Rosebery ministries. He was the first first Lord of the Treasury to be publicly referred to as the "prime minister," with the title only becoming official five days after he entered office. He is the only person to have served as Prime Minister and Father of the House at the same time, and he was the last Liberal leader to secure a UK parliamentary majority.
Founded in 1773 , by Joseph & William Wickwar , Wickwar started as a luxury paper mill outside Newbury . In 1786 HMSO was founded and Joseph Wickwar won the contract to supply paper to Parliament .
In 1788 Joseph partnered with Joseph Bramah to produce luxury Despatch boxes for Royalty & Government and went on to produce in excess of 5,000 boxes and became the premier supplier of the Iconic red box .
The simple design of the famous Gladstone Box continues today & Wickwar manufacturers around 100 boxes per year using traditional skills & tools from its workshop in London .