The Operatives' Libraries of Nottingham: A Radical Community's Own Initiative
Author: Hoare, Peter
Source: Library History, Volume 19, Number 3, November 2003 , pp. 173-184(12)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Nottingham's operatives' libraries may not have been unique, but they were certainly remarkable. These libraries served the lowest class of manual worker. Significantly they were started and run by the members themselves; they were not imposed on the workers by a higher class. Beginning in the I830s, Nottingham was the home of at least a dozen similar libraries, based in public houses. The city was a centre of Chartism — it even had a Chartist Member of Parliament — which helps to explain why this phenomenon became so popular. Some of these libraries existed for fifty years and collected many thousands of volumes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-11-01
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