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Off the Shelf: Books & their borrowers in 1850


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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Earlier Event: March 22
Fancy Pants Fancy Party
Later Event: April 15
Alan Turing's Manchester