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On Paper: Triumph & tragedy in the library archives

  • The Portico Library 57 Mosley Street Manchester, England, M2 3HY United Kingdom (map)

For the first time in its history, The Portico Library has this year been able to organise and catalogue its archival material digitally, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ever since the first recorded lease of the Library’s plot in 1792, what consistently shines through is a sense of vivacious storytelling. On Paper considers the parallels between the historical role of printed matter and the Library’s archives. In collaboration with artist Theresa Easton, we have unearthed personal stories of daily life throughout the Library’s history, creating new artworks to interpret our discoveries.

Earlier Event: December 5
Manchester: Mapping the City
Later Event: December 13
The Portico Christmas Party