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Heritage Group in 2007
Cruising on the JudithMary
February Manchester Police
Museum, Newton Street, Manchester. £3 donation requested.
2nd May Rourkes Forge & Townley Hall, Nr Burnley. £22.00 Buffet lunch and tour at the hall.
Tea and biscuits at the forge.
17th September John Rylands Library
The first surprise was discovering that the library is in
Deansgate. I rarely travel to Manchester and when I do it is to a
specific venue so I am ashamed to say I had never been aware of the
library building in the heart of the city.
Our guide was excellent and conveyed to us very clearly how it came about that Manchester has such a treasure house of rare books and manuscripts.
John Ryland was a highly successful manufacturer of cotton. In fact no Mancunian has ever been as wealthy since. All the children of his first marriage predeceased him and although he went on to marry twice more he had no heirs. His third wife endowed the library in his memory using, as a basis, the two collections of rare books that he had already acquired during his lifetime.
From this foundation grew the wonderful collection we can make use of today. The old building has been renovated and a new building, with modern facilities, has been grafted on very sympathetically. It is almost impossible to describe the wonder which the building and collections convey. All I can say is that if you are ever in Deansgate, do take the opportunity to wander round the magnificent building and displays which are open to all but better still get yourself on a guided tour.
4th - 8th October Holiday to the North East.
Visits to Beamish, Durham, Bowes Museum and Hartlepool Historic Quay.
Cost £225 half board in a 4 star Thistle Hotel (single supplement £15 per night).
For the report of the trip Click hereGroup Leader: Margaret Dodd