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Collectors in the Library

The Library of Birmingham can be thought of as a collector of collections. Over many years the library has been the depository of books, records and ephemera from organisations, societies and individuals.
 
The imperative to collect and organise material which lies behind much of the work of library and archive services in Birmingham has also driven many individuals to amass interesting and in many cases, historically important collections of artefacts.
 
Find out about some of the people behind the Library of Birmingham's wonderful collections.

Holiday Haunts 1935

Roger Burdett Wilson

Roger Burdett Wilson was a local railway enthusiast who collected  books, magazine titles, photographs, plans, timetables and assorted ephemera mainly relating to The Great Western Railway.  
Benjamin Stone 'Some Unusual Privileges of Parliament' (1909 - 1910)

Benjamin Stone

Sir Benjamin Stone, philanthropist, magistrate and politician, travelled extensively collecting photographs to illustrate his adventures.
Pennsylvania Railroad Company Ticket

Wingate Henry Bett

Wingate Henry Bett accrued a collection of over one million transport tickets from all over the world mounted in 170 volumes.  
A girl holding a bird

The Parkers

Mr and Mrs J. F. Parker were avid collectors of children's books and games as well as other objects relating to social history. They created their own Folk Museum at their home Tickenhill Manor near Bewdley.

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J.J.Audubon Birds of America 321

Library of Cultures Exhibition

Tue 22 April 2014, 8:00am

World Book Night books

World Book Night 2014

Wed 23 April 2014, 7:00pm

Unposted Letters

Unposted Letters

Mon 21 April 2014, 8:00am

Album 31

ALBUM 31

Tue 22 April 2014, 8:00am

Dozens and Trails app

Dozens & Trails mobile app

Our mobile app is free to download. You can now buy stunning prints from the Library’s collections from the app.