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Chetham's Library
13/09/2006
Chetham's Library Chetham's Library
Repairing the oldest still-working library in the English speaking world

Tucked away in the heart of Manchester city centre is a library that's been open to the public since the 1650s. Chetham's library is the oldest surviving public library in the English speaking world. So you can understand that historians got a bit worried when it emerged that the building was in danger of collapse. Now - thanks to 100 thousand pounds mostly from English Heritage - the medieval beams holding the library up have been reinforced. The librarian, Michael Powell showed Jon Douglas around


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