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Last updated:02 January 2018

Objects of the Month 2017

Every month someone from the Library chooses an interesting object, book or document from the Library collection, which is displayed in the hall of the Library. Here are a selection from 2017. Click on the links to see more information.

January - Clem Beckett

Clem BeckettItems relating to the life of Oldham International Brigade volunteer Clem Beckett, marking the performances of the play Dare Devil Rides to Jarama at the Library.




March - Remembering Betty Tebbs

Betty Tebbs's 97th birthdayItems from the collection in tribute to stalwart peace activist Betty Tebbs, who died in January 2017 aged 98.




June - Song of the slum

Drawing from Song of the SlumA recent Library acquisition, a book containing a long poem from the mid-1890s, The song of the slum or the dream of Augustus Bland by JM Thompson, beautifully illustrated by JS Knight.




July - For the few not the many

The artworkHoward Morrison (from the Paper Piano collective) was inspired by Robert Tressell's book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to produce an artwork which he has kindly donated to the Library.



August - Stamp from the International Woman Suffrage Congress, 1913

1913 Congress stamp Decorative stamp marking the seventh Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, held in Budapest in June 1913, with 22 countries represented.



November - James Bloomfield peace plate

Peace plateOne of the Peace Plates created by artist James Bloomfield in 2017 to mark the 226 global conflicts since the conclusion of the First World War – supposedly the “war to end all wars”.