The ‘lower classes are very hard readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
donations to libraries
nineteenth-century working-class reading practices
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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.
CitationGerrard, T., Weedon, A. (2013) 'The ‘Lower Classes Are Very Hard Readers’: Kidderminster Municipal Library 1855–1856'. Library & Information History 29 (2):81
JournalLibrary & Information History