Architectural historian Jonathan Foyle is set to speak to Chetham’s School of Music on Wednesday 17th September (6.30pm) in a public talk, focusing on the fascinating furniture collection which Chetham’s Library houses.

The talk, set to take place in the Baronial Hall, will discuss the history of such pieces as a bookcase in the Reading Room which has recently been discovered to actually be a bed, with historical connections to the Earls of Derby and King Henry VII.

The presenter of such shows as Climbing Great Buildings, History Mysteries and Time Team, Jonathan Foyle is clearly looking forward to the unique opportunity, commenting ‘Chetham’s has furniture spanning the Tudor era to the Victorian arch-revivalism of George Shaw, whose work can be found at Manchester Cathedral and Middleton Church and as far as Lancashire and Liverpool‘.

Chetham’s Library is housed in a wonderful medieval building in the heart of Manchester and is the oldest public library in the English speaking world, having been founded in 1653.  The library is little changed since that date.  The event will discuss timeless pieces as well as major new discoveries.

Tickets for the event are priced at £5, including wine and nibbles.  Booking is recommended due to limited places.  Tickets may be booked by contacting Ted Harris on 0161 838 7224 or by email on

Chetham's Library

Chetham’s Library

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