The ‘lower classes are very hard readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594852
Title:
The ‘lower classes are very hard readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856
Authors:
Gerrard, Teresa A.; Weedon, Alexis
Abstract:
This article looks at the library borrowing records of Kidderminster Municipal Library at a time of economic decline in the main industry of the town — carpet weaving. It illustrates the limitations of the early libraries following the 1850 Public Libraries Act through a local study. It examines how the borrowing records recorded in a surviving issue book reflect trends in the popularity of reading materials and, in particular, growing interest in migration to London and emigration abroad.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Gerrard, T., Weedon, A. (2013) 'The ‘Lower Classes Are Very Hard Readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856'. Library & Information History 29 (2):81
Publisher:
Maney Publishing
Journal:
Library & Information History
Issue Date:
May-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/594852
DOI:
10.1179/1758348913Z.00000000031
Additional Links:
http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1758348913Z.00000000031
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1758-3489; 1758-3497
Appears in Collections:
English Language and Literature

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGerrard, Teresa A.en
dc.contributor.authorWeedon, Alexisen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-26T12:08:19Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-26T12:08:19Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.identifier.citationGerrard, T., Weedon, A. (2013) 'The ‘Lower Classes Are Very Hard Readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856'. Library & Information History 29 (2):81en
dc.identifier.issn1758-3489en
dc.identifier.issn1758-3497en
dc.identifier.doi10.1179/1758348913Z.00000000031en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/594852en
dc.description.abstractThis article looks at the library borrowing records of Kidderminster Municipal Library at a time of economic decline in the main industry of the town — carpet weaving. It illustrates the limitations of the early libraries following the 1850 Public Libraries Act through a local study. It examines how the borrowing records recorded in a surviving issue book reflect trends in the popularity of reading materials and, in particular, growing interest in migration to London and emigration abroad.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherManey Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1758348913Z.00000000031en
dc.subjectfree libraryen
dc.subjectpublic librariesen
dc.subjectreadingen
dc.subjectemigrationen
dc.subjectdonations to librariesen
dc.subjectNapoleonic warsen
dc.subjectnineteenth-century working-class reading practicesen
dc.titleThe ‘lower classes are very hard readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalLibrary & Information Historyen
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