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Last updated:26 May 2015

Objects of the Month 2013

Every month someone from the Library chooses an interesting object, book or document from the Library collection, which is displayed in the hall of the Library. Here are a selection from 2013. Click on the links to see more information.

January: Poster marking the 125th anniversary of the boilermakers' union - from the collection of Peter Carter

Boilermakers 125th anniversary commemorative posterPeter Carter, a former Trustee of the Library, has recently offered his vast collection of trade union emblems, certificates and posters as a donation split between the People's History Museum and ourselves. To mark this generous gift, the Object of the Month comes from his collection.

 

March: International Women's Day 2013

Photograph of Eva Gore-BoothTwo pamphlets to mark International Women's Day. Helmshore Local History Society kindly brought us some very interesting pamphlet material on 1 March this year. Amazingly this donation included a pamphlet by Esther Roper and another by Eva Gore-Booth. This couple featured in our Lesbian and Gay History Month talk by Sonja Tiernan just last month.

 

June: Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space

Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in spaceIt is 50 years since Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space. She set off in Vostok 6 on Sunday 16 June 1963 and landed three days later, after 48 orbits of the earth. (Valery Bykovsky in Vostok 5 had gone the day before).

 

October: 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester

Pan African Congress 1945 delegate ribbonWe mark Black History Month with Objects of the Month from the 1945 Pan-African Congress - a delegate ribbon and handbook. The fifth Pan-African Congress, held in October 1945, was a major event in the 20th century. Decisions taken at this conference led to the independence of African countries - and it was held in Manchester, in Chorlton-on-Medlock Town Hall.

 

November: Living Wage

Living Wage pamphlet and photograph of Robert BlatchfordThe living wage and the law of supply and demand: a letter to the colliers. This pamphlet, on the current hot topic of the living wage, was published in 1893, written by Robert Blatchford, editor of The Clarion.

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