The English Public Library 1850-1939

    SubTitle

    Introductions to Heritage Assets
    The English Public Library 1850-1939 large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        29 Jul 2016
        10476883
        10476883

        Main Summary

          Among the many important political and social reforms of the mid 19th century concerning working conditions, public health and education was the Public Libraries Act of 1850. However, while this allowed municipal boroughs in England and Wales to establish public libraries, few were built until Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 precipitated the setting up of several dozen.

          During the 1880s and 90s private philanthropy saw the construction of a vast number of small and medium sized libraries, and by 1914, 62 per cent of the England’s population lived within a library authority area.

          This selection guide looks at the external architecture of the libraries built under these and later initiatives, and how they were fitted out and used as access to their book-stock was opened up to readers.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Susie Barson
          Simon Taylor
          Matthew Whitfield

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          297mm

          Number of Illustrations

          16

          Number of Pages

          20

          ISBN

          9781848024540

          Contents

            Introduction
            Historical background
            Development of the building type
            Change and the future
            Further reading
            Acknowledgements

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