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AMARC (the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections) is holding its Autumn 2013 meeting at The John Rylands Library on 25 September.

The event will focus upon the rich legacy of manuscripts and archives held in Manchester’s libraries. As well as exploring their fascinating histories, we will also hear about current initiatives to (re)discover them and make them more accessible to researchers. While libraries such as The John Rylands Library trace their origins to the commerce wealth of Victorian Manchester, like the city itself they have repositioned themselves to face the challenges of the twenty-first century.

The event will be held in The John Rylands Library, but we will also hear presentations about developments at Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, founded in 1653, and the current transformation of Manchester Central Library and the exciting Archives+ project.

The cost of the meeting, including coffee, lunch and tea, is £30 for AMARC members and students, and £40 for non-members who are not students. Individual AMARC membership costs £10 pa.

Click here to down the programme and booking form.