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Archive: 2011

  1. Introducing Philip the Monster

    This splendid fellow goes by the name of Monstrum Philip, and is to be found surrounded by some of his favourite things in James Petiver’s Catalogus classicus & topicus of...

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  2. A sudden and terrible raine

    The infamous Manchester weather has been a preoccupation for local residents for well over three hundred and fifty years, according to the earliest surviving history of the town. Richard Hollingworth’s...

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  3. Glass slide collection

    The Library has a large and varied collection of glass slides, mostly collected by the antiquarian J.J. Phelps in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Read more about them...

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  4. A bewitching sight

    A Happy Halloween to all our readers! May you ward off all the ghoulies and ghosties who beat a path to your door and enjoy a trouble-free time in the...

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  5. Alain Chartier

    An exquisite manuscript of the poetry of Alain Chartier is this week’s offering in our 101 Treasures series. For a closer look at the extraordinarily beautiful and imaginative decorative motifs,...

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  6. The Glamour of Manchester

    Can there be any more unlikely title? This little book published by the National Labour Press in 1920 makes a sterling effort to romanticise the history of the city, with...

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  7. Online exhibition now live!

    We’re very excited about our new online exhibition which goes live today! Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to the Library to see our popular exhibition ‘Who do you...

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  8. Now you see it…

    …now you don’t. Discover the hidden secret of this apparently unassuming little book on our 101 Treasures page this week.

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  9. What on earth was he on about?

    A close-up of the writing of Richard Kuerden (1623-90?) from his manuscript notes for A History of Lancashire, surely a strong contender for the worst handwriting ever… Read more about...

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  10. Karl Marx at Chetham’s

    Visitors to the Library frequently ask to see the famous desk in the Reading Room where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels studied together, and you can find out more about...

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