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Chetham’s Library & School of Music

September 1st, 2014 / / No Comments »

Chethams_ManchesterChetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library dates back to 1653 and is the oldest surviving public library in the UK.

You can visit FREE of charge; if you wish to consult material you must make an appointment but otherwise just turn up between opening times.

It is fascinating to wonder around, take in the current collection of items on display or simply breath in the history of this working library that has been used as a public resource for over 350 years.

For me, the highlight has to be the reading alcove that was used by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engles as they drew upon their research to channel both their political beliefs & publications.

Apart from changes to the stained glass windows, (damaged in a storm during 1875), the desk & alcove remain unchanged & well worth a visit.

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Karl Marx Alcove

How To Visit Chetham’s Library

Cheetham’s Library is open Monday to Friday, (9am-4.30pm) but closed on public holidays, & between Christmas & New Year.

To enter, locate the main entrance to the school & explain to the security staff on the gate the purpose of your visit.  They will happily direct you to Chethams’s Library during opening hours.

More details available at Chetham’s Library.

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Chethams's School of MusicChetham’s School of Music

Whilst the Chetham’s School of Music is private and so closed to the public, you can enjoy the delights of the music school by taking in a FREE lunchtime concert.

These concerts run most Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday lunchtimes during term time, (September to June), & are available to the public FREE of charge.  Whilst booking is not required, it is recommended that you contact the school prior to your visit to ensure a concert is taking place to avoid disappointment, (0161 834 9644).

We found that the week’s itinerary is set each Monday so not worth ringing too far in advance.   Concerts start at 1.30pm each day and last for approximately 40 minutes.

On the day of our visit, we were advised not to arrive before 1.20pm or you end up queuing outside the school gates!  It certainly wasn’t busy when we tried it out, (they say they never turn people away) & the music was suburb!

More Information available at Chetham’s School of Music Free Lunchtime Concerts.

Chetham’s is located in the heart of Manchester city centre and offers you an opportunity to witness future stars in the world of classical music…..plus it’s free!

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