Will Mellor: Arts and Crafts book artist


Will Mellor (1885-1966) was apprenticed as a bookbinder and studied at the Manchester School of Art between 1903 and 1909. He excelled in book design and illustration, calligraphy and fine bookbinding, winning many School awards, as well as national prizes and free scholarships. His work was noted and illustrated in the leading art and design magazines of the day.

A beautiful exhibition of books by Mellor has opened today in our Spotlight Gallery on the ground floor of All Saints Library. Continue reading

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The Origin of Simnel Cakes

We recently came across this charming little pamphlet about the origin of Simnel Cakes in our Home Studies Collection. The pamphlet was produced by Manchester based confectioners Thomas Parker and Sons Ltd, who were established in 1832. They had shops on St Mary’s Gate and St Ann’s Square and were Confectioners by Appointment to the late King Edward VII.
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Weekly Home Hints

Avoid bruised fingers and expletives when you drive home that awkward nail with this week’s handy hint. It’s taken from Home Hints for the Modern Housewife,  published in London by Featherstone Press Ltd in the 1940s.  This book is part of our Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical cookery and household management books from the last 300 years. Remember these hints are from bygone times and not to be tried at home!

Weekly Home Hints

Think you know how to sweep a room?  Take a look at this week’s handy household hint and think again.  And you thought getting out the hoover was hard work! This hint is taken from Home Hints for the Modern Housewife,  published in London by Featherstone Press Ltd in the 1940s.  This book is part of our Home Studies Collection which contains over 700 historical cookery and household management books from the last 300 years.