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Chetham’s Library awarded Esmeé Fairbairn grant!

We are delighted to announce that the Library has been awarded a grant of £45,000 from the Esmeé Fairbairn Collections Fund, one of only six organisations to be successful in this round of applications. The fund, which is administrated by the Museums Association, aims to support time-limited collections work which falls outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

The grant will enable us to begin work on an ambitious project to make the Jennison archive available online and tell the story of Belle Vue from its beginnings in the 1830s, as well as working with schools and community groups to further explore Belle Vue’s extraordinary history. The project kicks off with a programme of events in conjunction with the Manchester Histories Festival which runs for ten days from March 21-30.