Working Class Movement Library

A blog from the Working Class Movement Library in Salford

Never a dull moment at WCML – young visitors, and a donkey’s hoof…

Posted by wcmlibrary on March 4, 2013

It’s great to have University of Salford PhD candidate Matt Kavanagh as a volunteer here one day a week during his second year of study. This is part of our joint Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD series with the University.

Matt has a teaching background, and we were delighted to welcome a group from Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College here recently to have a session with Matt exploring primary sources from our collection relating to Peterloo. 6th form visit feb 14 2013 7

6th form visit feb 14 2013 11

Last week also saw my favourite enquiry in a long while.  Someone researching Bristol local history wanted to know whether our papers of activist Angela Tuckett held any information about an 1891 footpath preservation case involving her dad, solicitor Richard Clapton Tuckett.  Remarkably they did – even some illustrations of the local area at the time.   Sadly we have not, however, found any trace of a peculiar relic the enquirer had heard was found at the time in a well, and which was said to have been hung over the door to Richard’s Bristol office  – a donkey’s hoof . We’ll keep looking though.

Lynette Cawthra, Library Manager

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