EXCLUSIVE - TOURS OF CHETHAM'S LIBRARY AND MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS
Every (almost) Saturday 10.30am and 12.30pm
There is only one tour on 25 May at 12.30pm. All people booked on the 10.30am should have been informed.
Two tours every Saturday.
25% of all takings on Chetham's tours goes back into preserving these finest of buildings for future generations to enjoy.
CHETHAM'S LIBRARY and College House is opening for certain Saturdays, usually fortnightly, to allow tours of the full medieval complex. I'm overjoyed I'll be conducting these with assistance from library staff.
To get into these precious buildings with access all areas tours is a rare privilege. An honour. The tours are sure to book up quickly so don't delay.
Here's a bit of background.
Chetham’s Library - and the building it sits within and shares with Chetham's School of Music - is the oldest complete structure in the city, dating from the 1420s when it was erected as a single building to house priests.
After the Reformation, the premises gained a new lease of life when they were purchased through the will of local merchant Humphrey Chetham in 1653. He wished to set up a charity school for 40 poor boys and a free public library for the ‘use of scholars and others well-affected’.
It's all still there and the buildings not only look ancient but feel ancient. Most of the library fixtures and fittings are original and date from the mid-1600s. The books are shielded behind 18th century gates and were formerly chained to the shelves. Down the side corridor is the main Reading Room with its wonderful carvings.
The collection is beautiful and the role call of visitors astonishing; Daniel Defoe, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Disreali, Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Damon Albarn and many others have studied in the Reading Room.
This is Manchester’s most charming yet potent building.
And now there's regular public access.
Exclusively available here.
On certain occasions some areas may be out of bounds or being used for other purposes. Jonathan Schofield may not be guiding all the tours.
Meet at Chetham's Long Millgate entrance, Manchester City Centre, M3 1SB.
BOOKING AHEAD IS ADVISABLE. The booking confirmation from Paypal acts as your ticket, so please print and bring along or have it ready on your smart phone or other device.
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