Free and Public: Andrew Carnegie and the Libraries of Wales (Paperback)

Free and Public: Andrew Carnegie and the Libraries of Wales By Ralph  A. Griffiths  Cover Image
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A study of historic Welsh libraries and their entanglement with the movement for free public libraries and the philanthropic vision of Andrew Carnegie. 

What can a library tell us about history? In the Edwardian Age, Andrew Carnegie, ”the richest man in the world,” undertook an effort to build a number of libraries in Wales and Great Britain. The Carnegie buildings have never been fully recorded, and some are in critical condition today. To memorialize them, this book illustrates the social, cultural, and architectural significance of the historic libraries that formed the heart of towns and industrial communities across Wales. The book also traces the history of the free and public library system from the first Public Libraries Act of 1850 to the present day, highlighting Carnegie’s extraordinary philanthropic vision and legacy in the process.

About the Author

Ralph A. Griffiths is professor emeritus of medieval history at Swansea University in Wales, and an honorary vice president of the Royal Historical Society.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786837745
ISBN-10: 1786837749
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: September 29th, 2021
Pages: 176