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Munch and Listen: Public Library Pioneer: The man who changed your library bookshelves forever

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Munch and Listen: Public Library Pioneer: The man who changed your library bookshelves forever

Time: November 27, 2017 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum
Street: Lordship Lane
City/Town: Tottenham
Website or Map: http://haringey.gov.uk/brucec…
Phone: 020 8808 8772
Event Type: lunchtime talk, libraries, tottenham, local history, book, launch, mass, observation
Event Added By: Deborah Hedgecock
Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2017

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Public libraries have developed and broadened their role greatly since their inception in 1850. One man who influenced developments from his first appointment as a junior assistant in Tottenham library in 1925 to being Director of Libraries and Museums for the borough from 1945 until 1965, was Tottenham-schooled A.W. McClellan. Known as ‘Mac’ to colleagues and friends, "he was a man with ideas who, unusually, put them into practice, tested and proved them."

McClellan was known in libraries world-wide for his ‘Tottenham Experiment’ - a research survey on reading, assisted by the Mass Observation.

So, what influenced ‘Mac’, what were these ideas, and how are they reflected in our libraries today?

Join us for an illustrated talk by Keith McClellan, about his newly-published book about the life and work of his father, A.W. McClellan (1908-1985).

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

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