Category Archives: New accessions

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

Posted in New accessions | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Some new fruits of research in the Library’s collections

Over the past year the blog has focused on both well used and less known parts of the collections and reported some of the work we do to preserve and make them better known. We highlighted a few of the commonplace … Continue reading

Posted in New accessions | Tagged , | 1 Comment

A little treasure trove for a Monday: some highlights from our latest display

Our latest display in the reading room is something of a salmagundi. We decided to pick out a selection of the items donated to the Library’s visual resources collection over the past twelve months, just to demonstrate the wide range … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibitions, New accessions | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Testing convictions: Harold Wild, a Manchester conscientious objector

What might a 19 year old pacifist think and feel under the threat of imminent military conscription? The papers of Harold Wild (1896-1979), recently received by the Library (MSS Acc. 11791), give us an insight into one young man’s experience. … Continue reading

Posted in New accessions | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Rachel Eveline Wilson papers and our new exhibition: an insight into the life of a World War I Friends Ambulance Unit nurse

An interesting recent addition to the Library’s collections has been the papers of Rachel Eveline Wilson (1894–1993) of Kidderminster, which primarily relate to her time in the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) as a nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Malo–les–Bains, Dunkirk, … Continue reading

Posted in Exhibitions, New accessions, News | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments