Maps are, perhaps, one of my favourite categories of material in the collection. I enjoy the days when I find time, or excuse, to study them, usually finding out something new and interesting about the map or the city when I do so. My recent research into the maps of Bath has made me realise how lucky we … More Mapping Bath
Bath is a photogenic city. Visitors come from round the world to see its crescents, baths and museums – they take their photographs, paint pictures or write long, descriptive letters home about the beauties of the architecture or the city’s long history. But what of life on a daily basis? The Library’s collections contain materials that highlight everyday … More Life more ordinary
Valentine: noun. Defined as ‘card sent, often anonymously, on St Valentine’s Day, 14th February, to a person one loves or is attracted to’ or a ‘person to whom one sends a valentine card or with whom one is romantically involved.’ The origin of the word is late Middle English denoting a person chosen, possibly by … More Will you be my Valentine?
Prologue. It was our birthday on the 28th. I mean the Library’s birthday. Or at least the anniversary of the Lending and Reference Libraries moving in together to the Podium in Northgate Street. It seems like a minor event in the great scheme of things, but it meant a lot to the Avon Library Service … More It’s a long story