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  1. Manga among the manuscripts

    Another guest post from our most excellent volunteer and great friend of the Library, Patti Collins. One of the delights of the library is that the most unlikely items often...

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  2. The Revolution will not be Televised

    And indeed it wasn’t – not the French one, at least. It was engraved, however, a more genteel if slower way to record change, here presented as a Bastille day...

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  3. Volunteers wanted for our summer exhibition!

    ‘Biological Hermeneutics’ July 29 – August 26 2017 Chethams’s Library is looking for volunteers to help invigilate our summer art exhibition. ‘Biological Hermeneutics’, by transdisciplinary artist Sarah Craske, is based...

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  4. The Hungerford Club

    The pencil sketch of the philosopher C.E.M. Joad (1891-1953) is one of eight loose sketches contained in a folder, of which seven date from the Second World War. Only one...

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  5. The Cross Dressing Chevalier d’Eon

    The first article in the June 1810 copy of the ladies’ magazine La Belle Assemblée is described as being one in a series of biographical sketches and is entitled ‘Memoirs...

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  6. Slightly Foxed – whig politics and a fine gift

    The Heywood family have recently made a very generous gift of family documents to the library.  One of items in this collection is an album containing 33 items of correspondence received by members...

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  7. Eu(have got to be)clid(ding me)

    The first English translation of Euclid was brought out by the printer John Daye in London in 1570. The translation was made by Henry Billingsley, (d.1606), a rich merchant who...

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  8. Letter from Waterloo

    Guest blog by Library volunteer, Paul Carpenter Transcript of letter by Visitor Services Officer, Carlotta Dewald On 21 June 1815, three days after the Battle of Waterloo, Private James Wilson...

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