135 Appeal Sponsors
Stafford Railway Building Society helps preserve County's history
Stafford Railway Building Society is helping to conserve some of the County's most historic books by donating £1,500 to The William Salt Library 135 Appeal.
Robin Manners, chairman of The William Salt Library Trustees, shows Stafford Railway Building Society chief executive Mike Heenan some of the treasures from the library.
Photograph : copyright and courtesy of Staffordshire Railway Building Society.
Mike Heenan said: "The William Salt Library is home to a remarkable collection of books and papers that contain hundreds of years of Staffordshire history and heritage. It has inspired the likes of Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter and provides historians with a unique research resource including sketches by local artists, political cartoons, postcards and photographs."
"We are particularly keen to support the library's long term future. In 1872 the library actually started off its life in our building in the Market Square in Stafford and was here until 1919. The Building Society's donation will kick start the collection's much needed conservation."
Staffordshire Life promotes the Appeal
In the April 2007 edition of Staffordshire Life, the editor Philip Thurlow-Craig published a four page article about The William Salt Library and the 135 Appeal. He wrote about the life of William Salt, the scope of the library, the aims of the appeal and introduced "The Top Ten" of the 135 books we have chosen for sponsorship. The article featured photographs of some of the most precious items in the collection and of members of the appeal team in action.
Staffordshire Life intends to continue featuring The William Salt Library and the 135 Appeal throughout 2007. In particular examples of the Library's outstanding series of Staffordshire Views will be published.
Staffordshire University brings the Library to life
Here William Salt Library trustee Randle Knight shows a volume to Staffordshire Life's Editor Philip Thurlow-Craig.
Photograph : copyright and courtesy of Staffordshire Life.
Professor Ray Johnson of Staffordshire University has made a promotional video about the library to support the 135 Appeal. It features the history of the Library, some of its star items and interviews some of the Library's users.
Stafford Decorative and Fine Arts Society helps to preserve the books
Members of the Society will be taking part in a cleaning programme, removing dirt which can degrade the books. This will help to ensure their long-term preservation.
Staffordshire County Council provides professional and technical support
The County Council has provided support for the Appeal through the provision of initial professional conservation assessments of the selected books and provision of web space and development time for the 135 Appeal webpages.