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Friday’s library snapshot (s)

May 11, 2016

Here at Special Collections and its raining I need some cheer !

Coat Hanger Doll's House

It was quiet in the Reading Room on Wednesday afternoon it was half term and there were a few children enjoying the break in the weather and running around the garden after visiting the museum.  Inside there were a couple of students doing what they needed to; perhaps making finishing touches to end of term essays. There were some people looking at books about land tax and hearth tax; they too didn’t need me.  So I did something I had been meaning to do for ages.  I took a couple of pictures of the tiles that surround the two fire places in the Reading Room.  Although they are tucked away in the reading room they do attract a bit of attention.

And you can see why:

These tiles in the fireplace were designed by William de Morgan (1839-1917) who was  the most important ceramic artist of the Arts and Crafts…

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