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?
We have a very dedicated volunteer in the Library, Julie, who has spent the last four and a half years combing through our clippings collection. The collection was started by J. Meehan in the early 20th century and bought, along with other parts of his collection, by the Library. We still add to the collection … More The Bath Prophecy
The Library is coming up to its fourth annual Recycle A Book competition. It’s become a popular event with our regular readers, local care homes, schools, staff and children of all ages, and we have many repeat entrants coming back each year. The inventiveness of the entries always astounds me, and many hours of work … More Recycled bindings
We have many maps in our collection. In fact, I don’t really know exactly how many as I’ve never counted them all individually – including the OS series ones. But I do know we have the largest single collection of maps of the City of Bath. The earliest known city map is part of the … More Men in the Map
When I first took over as Local Studies Librarian, one of the aspects of the job that interested me least was looking after the newspaper collection. At the time this amounted to about 500 books of newspapers in the onsite Library store, with about another 70 books at an offsite store. And lots and lots … More Stop the presses – Newspapers in Bath