Author Archives: Library of the Society of Friends

Demystifying digitisation

In this blog post we want to tackle the big issue currently facing libraries, archives and museums: digitisation. It is something we are putting a lot of thought into here at Library of Society of Friends, and something we are … Continue reading

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Conserving the Library’s tract volume collection

Our first Quaker Strongrooms blogpost of 2018 is from Ian Watson of Sussex Conservation Consortium, who’s been conserving some of the Library’s “tract volumes”. These are 650 bound volumes of 17th-19th century pamphlets (sometimes grandly described as Sammelbands) – one … Continue reading

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A year in view: Quaker Strongrooms blog 2017

As the New Year approaches, here’s a quick look back at some Quaker Strongrooms blog highlights of 2017. The most popular post was Quaker women: resources for women’s history in the Library of the Society of Friends, published in March … Continue reading

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Quakers and the Nobel Peace Prize – 70 year anniversary

  Yesterday marked the the 70th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Friends Service Council and American Friends Service Committee, representing British and Americans Quakers more widely.   The anniversary feels all the more special this … Continue reading

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“In turbulent times”: sources on local Quakers and their meetings over the centuries

For Quaker Week 2017, our head of Library & Archives, Libby Adams, travelled to Penrith Meeting to give a talk on local Quakers living through “turbulent times” (this year’s Quaker Week theme). This blog post concentrates on Quaker stories from … Continue reading

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From cupola, portico or archway: Quaker school magazines

We’ve touched on children’s magazines in a previous blog post about Quaker missionary periodicals. Another kind of publication concerning young people is the school magazine. Quaker schools generated a variety of these, some written by teachers, others by pupils, some … Continue reading

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Refugees and relief

Refugee Week starts next Monday and here at Friends House we are having a series of events including a small exhibition in the Library on Monday open to all ( The exhibition will consist of banners giving an overview of Quaker … Continue reading

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