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Revealing a hidden gem

I recently wrote an article that was published in ARC magazine in December and have the pleasure of sharing it with you below: Revealing a hidden gem Giants of industry, commerce, politics, arts and literature have graced the grand winding staircase to the stately library and...
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Exploring The Athenaeum Library – Workshop Programme

Exploring the Athenaeum Library The Library of the Athenaeum is one of the hidden treasures of Merseyside.  For more than 200 years the library has accumulated a body of books and archival material which is unequalled in private hands.  For most of that time the collections have...
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News from the Archive

Roll up, roll up!! We have another open day on Sunday 11th September and tickets are selling out fast. Due to this exciting event taking place shortly, I thought I would write a little teaser piece on one of the archives that will be on display, Miss Mabel Rich’s scrapbook. This...
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News from the Archive

The Curious Cuttings of Charles Hutton Lear This week in the archives we have been sorting through a collection of drawings, paintings, prints and letters produced by or relating to the accomplished Liverpool-based artist Charles Hutton Lear (1818-1903).  The collection is...
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News from the Archive

The archives have been very busy this past month. We have been working on our new database which has enabled us to start cataloguing our collections. We have started with the Athenaeum’s own collection including minute books, accounts and building plans. It doesn’t mean ...
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News from the Archive

Sir Francis Walsingham’s Letter-Book. This month we discovered a 17th century copy of the letter-book of Sir Francis Walsingham taking us through the years 1569-73 and 1581. It includes copies of not only letters from Walsingham but also letters to him from key Elizabethan...
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Open Day Triumph

OPEN DAY TRIUMPH On May 7 we held an Open Day, which we were required to do as a part of the response to the Heritage Lottery Grant.  The main focus was on the Library and the work going on there.  Our 150 visitors were given an introductory short talk on the origins of the...
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News from the Archive

We have been busy within the archives in the past couple of weeks culminating in the open day on Saturday. What a brilliant day! In the lead up to the day we had many discussions on the amount and type of archives we should get out and how to display them. Luckily I had help from...
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A Surprising Find: The Savage Girl of Champagne

One September evening in 1731 a young girl in search of water stumbled out of a forest and into the outskirts of the village of Songi, near Champagne, France.  As she wandered towards the centre of the settlement the country people slammed doors and windows at the sight of her,...
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News from the Archive 12 April 2016

We have unearthed some more strange and unusual treasures from Robert Gladstone’s collection. A large amount of parchment slips written in Latin and relating to the late 16th century found in a shoebox! What are they? Luckily I had Dr Hollinshead and Mrs P Cox to help me solve...
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