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Following on from 'Crossing the Solway', Alan Crosby leads us to Liverpool, a city which, like Manchester, was a magnet for Scots, and tells us the story of one of its most important Scottish citizens, a man of education and foresight who is still remembered in the city today.
Irene O’Brien will bring to life for us the extensive holdings of this handsome library - over a million items - and how they can help us with our research. The library's earliest collection was originally gifted to the University of Glasgow in 1874 by the Glasgow philanthropist William Euing,
Sue Whitaker worked on Panel 116 and will take us through the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a large project, something which might not always have been plain sailing!
Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at the Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.
The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.
In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.
Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.
Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.
If Covid-19 regulations permit, this will be a light-hearted afternoon event at the library for members. Yvonne and Ina will (we hope!) set the quizzes for us, then there will be some light refreshment with a shared table.
Alan Crosby recently talked to us about 'Crossing the Solway' and this talk continues the story of some people who were encountered during that talk. The story takes us to Liverpool. Liverpool, like Manchester, was a popular destination for Scots and especially the younger educated sons who were financed or encouraged by their fathers to make their own way in the world. The subject of this story, and his Scottish peers, changed Liverpool for the better, and the changes they made improved lives all over the country and beyond.
Irene O’Brien will bring to life for us the extensive holdings of the library and how they can help us with our family and regional research. Meantime, I noticed in researching this short article, that the library building also has an interesting history. The library is named after Stephen Mitchell, a wealthy tobacco producer, its earliest collection was originally gifted to the University of Glasgow in 1874 by the Glasgow philanthropist William Euing, the foundation stone of the new buildings was laid by Andrew Carnegie in 1907 and the building was opened by Lord Rosebery in 1911; the statue “Literature” on the dome was the work of Thomas Clapperton and the architectural competition for the build was won by William B Whitie. Now we look forward to hearing from Irene O’Brien about the library’s holding of over one million volumes!
There has been a recent ‘tradition’ of making large tapestries to depict Scottish life, beginning with Helen Crummy who designed the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. More recently author Alexander McCall Smith initiated the idea of creating a tapestry that would cover 12,000 years of Scottish history. Creation of this tapestry – twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry – involved numerous embroidery groups across the length and breadth of Scotland and over a thousand volunteers of all ages, the panels taking on average 500 hours of work each to complete. Sue Whittaker worked on Panel 116 and will talk about the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a large project, something which, we suspect, might not always have been plain sailing! This promises to be a talk that will appeal to many of us, from historians and project managers to artists and embroiderers. Booking will be essential so please check the Eventbrite link on our Home Page to see when booking opens.
As usual, we trust that July will bring us the ideal weather for a stroll around Manchester, and this time we will join Jonathan Schofield for a walking tour that takes in the Free Trade Hall, the Midland Hotel and the Refuge Building. These are three iconic buildings, full of architectural and social history interest, and a walk that should suit everyone. We shall meet in St Peter's Square, in front of the library. Information about Booking and Meeting Place will be posted here and on social media nearer to the date.
If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and if life has returned to the New Normal, with safe travel and events resumed, then this will be a great way to fill a November Saturday. Two talks by Chris Paton in the warmth of the Manchester Central Library, with opportunity between the two to buy some lunch at one of the library cafés, browse through the bookshelves in the Local History Section (on the ground floor), look at the wider range of books on the 4th floor, or just stretch your legs and have a pleasant walk around St Peter’s Square and Albert Square. The morning talk is sure to be popular because of the frequency of movement of people between Ireland and Scotland over the centuries, and we are certain to get some ideas about tracing any missing ancestors in our trees. The afternoon talk will also appeal to all as we are led into the legal side of Scottish marriages, a subject that will, no doubt, be both informative and entertaining.
To accommodate both talks, the afternoon talk will begin a little earlier than usual. Precise timings will be confirmed nearer the date, so please check these pages, our social media and Eventbrite from time to time for booking information
*Booking costs for non-members are generally recoverable for visitors who join the society at the meeting. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.
These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!