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A chainsaw in the Reading Room!

Reading Room works July 2013 a video by Chetham’s Library on Flickr.

Here’s some footage of Jamie from TRAC Structural Ltd sawing into one of the medieval beams ready to strengthen it with carbon fibre. To our knowledge this is the third time in the building’s history that there has been any work on this beam. The first time was in the 1650s when three large iron pins were inserted to support it. The second was in the inter war period when steel plates were bolted to the sides of the beam.