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  1. A flying visit

    The RAF dropped in on us at lunchtime today, but not to return their library books – Chetham’s Library is reference only. They landed their beautiful and very noisy helicopter...

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  2. Health beckons from every pie

    Being, as it is, very much the home of the pie, Chetham’s Library seems the perfect resting place for this delightful little pamphlet from the 1920s advertising the benefits and...

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  3. Rude Britannia

    The Tate Gallery’s current exhibition on British comic art, Rude Britannia, has prompted Library staff to look out some of their own favourite rude images. Chetham’s Library holds works by...

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  4. Strawberry Hill forever…

    Click on the image for an enlarged view The recent exhibition at the V&A, Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, reminds us that one of the Library’s most important manuscripts is...

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  5. Ex Libris: Bookplates at Chetham’s

    Bookplate collecting is a serious business. There is a plethora of collections and collectors lurking in private and in the public domain and, it seems, an entire world devoted to...

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  6. Up in the air

    Senior Librarian Fergus Wilde recently took the opportunity to enjoy the view from a platform sixty feet above Chetham’s medieval buildings. The on-site arrival of a cherry picker for the...

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  7. An eighteenth-century scandal

    This extremely rare, possibly unique, example of local print culture was bought from the bookseller Christian White of Modern First Editions, Ilkley. The work shows that the fascination for celebrity...

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