Open Lectures & Talks
Bolton Council | Smithills Hall | Hall i' th' Wood Museum
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BS1 1SE, North West,
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Bolton Museum Friends offer 'talks, lunches and social events' as well as other activities.
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15 January 2016
'The first proper Bolton Museum
was established late in the nineteenth century, but the collections have their origin in 1852, when the Borough adopted the Libraries and Museums Act (only the third council in the country to do so). Although intended mainly to set up a library, the first item donated to the library committee was in fact a collection of fossils.
'Unlike many local authorities, Bolton did not have a pre-existing object collection gathered by a literary and philosophical society and so this donation marks the beginning of the town’s museum collections. The collections grew slowly and were displayed in a room in Bolton’s first free library opened in Victoria Square in 1853 (this building is now occupied by Nationwide Building Society in Victoria Square) ...'