Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I've seen the future and it's the past

Any of you who have been into Bolton Central Library recently might be interested to see what it looked like before any of the refurbishment and redecoration of the last 68 years. Luckily, thanks to our good buddies in the Archives and Local Studies department and the Museum, you can. The website, called Our Treasures is full of fascinating pictures of Bolton, its people and buildings and of artefacts in the museum and art gallery. Believe me, somethings don't change (except the fashions). One of my favourite images is this. It's graceful neoclassicism wouldn't go amis on a Led Zeppelin album cover. These days it goes by the name of 'UpFront'...

1 comment:

michael said...

This is one of my all-time favourite sites, and it usually goes down really well with our users too.

My fave photo is this one of the Chief Librarian, Harold Hamer, issuing a book to his daughter at the then-new Central Library in Bolton.

There's much more on this site than the library geek stuff we've picked out so far. That said, the geek in me is drawn to the book trolley behind Mr Hamer. It looks rather like one that was still in service until late last year.