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BSL Exhibition Tour: Off the Shelf

Jennifer Little will conduct a tour in British Sign Language (with no spoken English) introducing The Portico Library’s building and collection, and giving insights into the current exhibition, Off the Shelf.

Today, The Portico Library’s books sit on the same shelves as they did in 1850, providing a snap-shot of the borrowing and reading habits of Manchester’s Victorian residents. The Library retains detailed records of who borrowed what when, providing an intimate glimpse into their passions and predilections. In this exhibition, we present the original volumes that were borrowed, including Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Ruskin’s Modern Painters, with further information about the readers.

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Exhibition dates: 5 April - 24 June 2019

Please note: the library does not yet have fully step-free access but a stair-lift is available via the rear entrance. For more information, please contact the Library’s Exhibitions Organiser James Moss on 0161 236 6785 or at