Follow our new blog for insights into the Library’s wide-ranging collections of print, archive and visual materials relating to Quakers and Quaker activities from the 17th century to the present day, and for news about our work, exhibitions and events. We aim to entertain and inform in equal measure.
You’ll be able to read here about some of the Library’s treasures, and also about some of the less well known but fascinating items in our collections. There will be updates on interesting new arrivals in the Library and a chance to see many more images from our rich visual resources. We will blog about reading room exhibitions and Quaker history events, to give those of you who can’t make it to Friends House a taste of what’s going on. And we plan to bring you posts on what happens behind the scenes, tips for research, and reader experiences of the Library and its services.
Why Quaker Strongrooms? We chose the title as a nod to Caroline Stephen’s classic introduction to Quakerism, Quaker strongholds (1890). Most of the Library’s holdings are stored in strongrooms purpose made for them when Friends House was built to Hubert Lidbetter’s design in 1927. Library users see the reading room with its open access books, and any items ordered up, but not the full extent of what lies below. Just as Caroline Stephen aimed to make the “Quaker strongholds, those principles which cannot fail” more widely known, we hope to shine a light into our collections for readers of this blog.
Publishing a blog is an exciting new way for us to communicate with our users and supporters. We aim to build on and develop the kind of content you enjoyed in the former Library newsletter, by making the most of the blog format – more up-to-date news, images, and scope for your feedback.
You can subscribe to Quaker Strongrooms by clicking on “Follow us” to receive regular updates, and previous posts will stay here for you to read later. Feel free to make comments on posts – we want to hear your views on the blog.