Monthly Archives: July 2018

Dilluns

Just a quick update, as we catch our breath after a long examination of the Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute.  We will be back on Monday, with a literary visit to the city pictured above — a sort of homage to Catalonia, … Continue reading

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The Peterborough Mechanic’s Institute: Part 3

With this post, we finish up our look at the Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute, the precursor to the city’s Public Library.   In Part 1, we examined briefly the history of the Institute, and in Part 2 we looked at the contents … Continue reading

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Scheduling Update

A quick note here: our look at the periodicals and the reading room of the Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute will appear early next week (Tuesday or Wednesday).  So have a good weekend! Above: a cartoon from Punch magazine, which was indeed … Continue reading

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The Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute: Part 2

“Its object shall be to instruct its members in the principles of the Arts and in the various branches of Science and useful knowledge.”  Such was the stated goal of the Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute, the city’s first library, at the … Continue reading

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The Peterborough Mechanics’ Institute: Part 1

Peterborough’s bibliothecal (it’s a word!) history is not, of course, as long as that of our subject of the other day, Baghdad.  However, it does go back tolerably far into the city’s early history: to 1843, and the foundation of … Continue reading

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Cities of Literature: Baghdad

With the Literary Map of Peterborough still very much under construction (it goes, if slowly, with dots added here and there at a relaxed sort of pace, which is the only pace the computer is allowing me these days), it … Continue reading

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From Here to Literature

If we are to consider Peterborough and its surrounding area as a City of Literature, then we should expect literature, or at least its footprints, fairly easy to find in these parts.  But how easy?  Ignoring for the moment whatever … Continue reading

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