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Quakers, relief and rescue in 1930s and 1940s Europe: a collaborative microfilming project with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Since 2006 the Library has been involved in a collaborative microfilming project with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The Museum, based in Washington DC, is the most comprehensive institution of its type in the world. Its primary mission is … Continue reading

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Howzat: some cricketing Quakers

While summer and the cricket season are still in full swing, you may enjoy some of these photographs from the records of the Falcon Touring Club, a Quaker cricket team. Dating back to 1902, the club drew its members mainly … Continue reading

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Commonplace books: collections of precious gems

Have you ever kept a scrapbook, jotted things of interest in a notebook, or clipped extracts from webpages? Then you have been “commonplacing”. For centuries, writers, philosophers, theologians, scholars, poets, artists and others have gathered together passages from prose, quotations, … Continue reading

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Football with the Foxes

Mention ‘Quakers’ to the average football fan and the response is likely to be something to do with Darlington. Darlington FC, founded in 1883, received its nickname because of the importance of Quakerism in the town, and its crest includes … Continue reading

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Readers’ stories: researching Quaker missionaries in China

So far on the blog we’ve focused on what’s in the Library’s collections and work that’s being done to make them available.  There’s another story to tell – who uses the Library and why. Here’s a guest post from one … Continue reading

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Preservation news: some eighteenth century minute books

Years of use take their toll on books and manuscripts. Even with the most careful handling, moving documents from shelf to trolley, transporting them from the strongroom to the readers’ table or simply opening and closing volumes all put a strain … Continue reading

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Quaker sufferings records: an “embarras de richesse”

Readers of early Quaker literature cannot fail to be aware of the history of religious persecution of the Quakers in the seventeenth century. Although the Act of Toleration of 1689 marked the end of its most extreme forms, Quakers continued … Continue reading

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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

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Attending Yearly Meeting: the unofficial record

The last weekend in May will see a transformation of Friends House, as Quakers from all over the country arrive for the annual assembly known as Yearly Meeting. Friends have gathered together yearly from 1688 onwards, and the records of … Continue reading

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