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30th Jun, 2022

Libraries go back in time to Warwickshire's working past

AN EXHIBITION on working life aims to take library-goers back to the past.

Warwickshire Libraries have created displays around the county on the theme of past working life.

Examples include farming and coal mining and other lesser-known jobs like taxidermy, leather making, brewing and cement making.

Displays also include information about traditional jobs like hairdressing, policing, working for the fire service, railways, the post office and many more.

The displays are created from material within history collections held by many libraries in the county and include photographs, books, and other items. Sometimes little is known about a photograph on display so this is also a way of trying to find out more from our customers about the people or places in the photographs.

The displays can be viewed at Alcester, Atherstone, Bedworth, Coleshill, Kenilworth, Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby, Southam and Stratford libraries from September 10, for a month.

Warwickshire councillor Kam Kaur said: “Each September, the selected libraries display photographs and other material from our historic collections highlighting some of our favourite or most interesting resources. We are hoping that our customers will enjoy finding out something new about their local area including those who may be self-isolating at home, via the online exhibition.”

Customers are welcome to borrow books from the accompanying displays and staff will be able to help with any local history enquiries.

 

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