Author Archives: Library of the Society of Friends

Quaker feeding programmes in postwar Germany and Austria

For many, the celebrations at the signing of the Armistice and the end of World War I were short lived. While soldiers went home from the front, the destruction wreaked on basic infrastructure and the civilian populations became clear. Germany … Continue reading

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Readers’ stories: T. Edmund Harvey – Liberal Quaker, Quaker Liberal

The sixth in our series of readers’ stories is by Mark Frankel, who’s two years into a PhD on T. Edmund Harvey at Birmingham University. Mark visits the Library regularly to read Harvey’s unpublished papers and his copious publications. I’ve … Continue reading

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Some Library highlights of 2018

It’s time to take stock as the old year draws to a close. It’s been a full one. We said goodbye to old colleagues and welcomed new ones. Centenaries kept us busy. The reading room got a new look. Our … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht, Kindertransport, and help for refugees

Last week saw the 80th anniversary of the November Pogrom in Germany and Austria, now known as Kristallnacht. This outburst of anti-Semitic violence happened over the night of the 9th/10th of November and was a clear indication of the direction … Continue reading

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Friends at the end of World War I: seeking international peace

At various points during the last four years we have marked the centenary of World War I on this blog by highlighting our collections relating to aspects of Quaker work at that time, including the relief work of the Friends … Continue reading

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Caring for the past: conserving the Library’s collection of pamphlets and booklets

Lizzie Fuller, trainee conservator, writes about her work with some of our 19th and 20th century pamphlets. As a trainee Paper Conservator, I am fortunate to have opportunities to work on fascinating objects and this summer was no exception when … Continue reading

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Open, healthy, scrupulously clean, with a liberal table: the Armfields and their temperance hotel

This year the Library was given a collection relating to the Armfield family who ran Armfield’s South Place Temperance Hotel near Finsbury Circus, London, during the second half of the 19th century. The collection includes a visitors’ book chronicling guests … Continue reading

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Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists – the Otter Gallery loan

Loaning material to other institutions provides an exciting opportunity to bring our collections to new audiences around the country. Special collections curator Melissa Atkinson writes about a current loan, and describes some of the objects on view. I was approached … Continue reading

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William Penn: commemorations and curios

30 July 2018 is the 300th anniversary of the death of William Penn. He is widely-known as the founder of the American colony of Pennsylvania in 1681, on land given to him by Charles II in payment of a debt … Continue reading

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150 years of Friends and foreign missions

    26th May 2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Friends Foreign Mission Association in 1868. This put overseas mission and relief work on a permanent footing for the Society for the first time, and this … Continue reading

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