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Archive: 2013

  1. A Merry Christmas to all our Readers!

      The Library closes today at noon for the annual staff party and re-opens on Thursday 2nd January, when we look forward to seeing you all again. Meanwhile we leave...

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  2. Fashion forward

    So cool we might freeze over: here’s the results of our recent Hack Clothing fashion shoot, in which the Library played a starring role. We’re thinking of adopting some of...

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  3. Several curious performances…

      Everybody loves a circus at Christmas, so here’s another poster from the Cambrics collection for you, this time from December 1787, featuring the nimble Mr Wilkinson in ‘several curious...

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  4. ‘A truly original machine’

    This splendid broadside of 1819, published by William Cowdroy, advertises an exhibition in Manchester of a velocipede or swift walker, a forerunner of the bicycle. It was produced for the...

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  5. Grains of gold

      These little Christmas books were a recent gift to the Library from bookseller John Worthy of the Rochdale Book Company. They belonged to the library of Victor Tomlinson (1908-1996),...

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  6. Culture in Manchester

      Culture in Manchester: Institutions and Urban Change since 1850 is a new book published by Manchester University Press which will be launched on Monday. The cover features a delightful...

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  7. Dear Diary…

      Diaries and life writing is the subject of this week’s 101 Treasures page, which is newly updated today. We have a large and growing collection of diaries dating from...

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  8. Mr Chambers and Persephone

    Whilst browsing through the Pickles Collection* recently, we came across a small book called Mr Chambers and Persephone. Written by Christopher Whitfield, it was published in 1937 by the Golden...

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  9. The Diaries of Dora Turnor

      What do The Times Top Twenty Hotels for Christmas have in common with our new exhibition? Easy! Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham in Lincolnshire, which is now a luxury...

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  10. Manchester Poets

    This photograph shows the Sun Inn on Long Millgate, now sadly demolished but once known as Poets’ Corner owing to the regular meetings of writers and poets which were held...

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