We are sad to say goodbye to one of our longest serving volunteers, Laura Bryer, who is leaving us to return to full-time education. Laura will be embarking on an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies at the Centre for Museology at Manchester University: evidently Chetham’s Library has become a finishing school for students on this course as two of our other volunteers, Emma Gill and Courtney Brombosz, have also secured places.
Laura first came to the Library in 2011 as an MMU history undergraduate, and in her final year she undertook a dissertation on the 1855 diary of Rachel Leech, which she completed in 2013. Afterwards Laura continued to work at the Library on the Leech collection, and has carried out a huge amount of work listing and transcribing letters and sorting out some of the voluminous mass of Leech memorabilia. Anyone who has used the Leech archive will have benefitted from her meticulous scholarship and from her enormous energy and hard work.
We will miss Laura very much, and wish her and all of our other placements and volunteers well. We look forward with interest to following their careers in their chosen fields.