Category Archives: News

Creating A World Without War: new project to open up World War Two research materials

In the week that many have been commemorating the start of World War II 80 years ago, we have some news to share about an exciting new project to open access to some of our key collections from that period. … 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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Quaker Faith and Practice: the Quaker book of discipline from the “green dragon of the ancients” to the “red book”

At Yearly Meeting in 2018 Quakers in Britain will be considering whether to revise Quaker faith and practice – the book of discipline. This volume, found in every Quaker meeting and freely available online, is referred to for guidance on … 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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Good cheer!

What’s going to be in your Christmas stocking? Something good, we hope! For our final blogpost of 2016 we want to celebrate some of the “gifts” you’ve shared  over the past twelve months. There have been some heartening acts of generosity … Continue reading

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Yearly Meeting 2016

Since the 17th century Friends have held an annual assembly known as Yearly Meeting. It’s changed a lot since its early days. Meetings regularly take place away from London, and what was once known as “London Yearly Meeting” has changed … Continue reading

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Preservation news: highlights of 2015

Though we are well into January, here’s a look back at some of the exciting and varied work done over the past year to preserve the Library’s collections for future generations of users. We were delighted to have back the … Continue reading

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White Feather Diaries latest instalment and researching World War I

The latest instalment of The white feather diaries, an online project of British Quakers, goes live today. Updated daily on @wfdiaries, they tell of the challenges faced by five people who followed their consciences as the horror of World War … Continue reading

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William Penn’s “Excellent priviledge” (1687) on display in the British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition

Tract Volume 563 is a miscellaneous collection of pamphlets dating from the 1670s to the early 20th century, unassumingly bound in blue cloth. But among its contents is a pamphlet that includes the first printing of Magna Carta in America, … Continue reading

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Quaker Strongrooms blog at the turning of the year

It’s time to look back over the past 12 months on the Quaker Strongrooms blog and ahead to what 2015 may bring. Our posts were unusually focused on one topic over much of the year, reflecting the importance of marking the … Continue reading

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