Network group took a tour with the archivist in November
On Thursday 23rd November, the Northern Area Group visited the Manchester City Library, organised by Simon Martin. Thirteen members of the Northern Area Group enjoyed a lunch of Lancashire Hot Pot in the café (I can recommend the vegetarian version!), and a chat about various genealogy subjects. After lunch a tour of the library from ‘top to bottom’ was given by one of the senior Archivists who explained that since the refurbishment of the library between 2010-2014 that 70% of the library is now open to the public compared to the 30% that was open before that.
Manchester is the biggest public lending library in Britain after Birmingham and was opened in 1934. It is also home to the city’s archives on the ground floor as well as a wealth of treasures such as Shakespeare’s Second Folio from 1632.
The next meeting will be a social meeting, a lunch to be arranged in York in February – date to be arranged.