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Private Books for Educational Use - the Formation of the Northern Congregational College Library

Posted by Isabel Rivers on April 14, 2015

The Northern Congregational College Project makes available in digital form the Catalogue of the Library of the Lancashire Independent College, Manchester (1885) and details of the 2,400 surviving books from the library of the Northern Congregational College, formed in 1958 from the amalgamation of two major Congregational colleges founded in the nineteenth century, Lancashire Independent College and Yorkshire United Independent College. In 1984 the Northern Congregational College became Northern College (United Reformed and Congregational).

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Dissenting academy libraries and their readers, 1720-1860

Posted by Isabel Rivers on February 25, 2015

Dissenting Academy Libraries and their Readers, 1720-1860 is an innovative project which uses techniques from the digital humanities to study the history of libraries. The main objective of the project was to study the libraries of the dissenting academies, in particular what they reveal about the education offered to students and the impact that books had on students’ intellectual and religious development.