Off the Shelf Exhibition

Whether you're pro-Europe or want to leave, the chaos in parliament this week has been a spectacle to behold! However, national dilemmas are nothing new...

Charles Mackay's 'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds' begins with this preface:

"In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first."


You can see Mackay's influential publication in The Portico Library's upcoming exhibition 'Off the Shelf: Books & their borrowers in 1850' from next Friday 5 April to Monday 24 June 2019