Grantham library

Brief description

Grantham was late among Lincolnshire communities in applying for a grant for a Carnegie library. Rather than apply for funds directly to Andrew Carnegie through his private secretary, James Bertram, they dealt with the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, which was set up in 1913.

The architects were Gilbert. A. Ballard (borough surveyor) and H. A. Gold

A metal plaque, which used to be inside in the entranceway and is now mounted on the outside of the Grantham building, acknowledges that: ‘This building was provided by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and the Corporation of Grantham. Opened on the 6th day of May 1926 by Sir Charles C.E. Welby, Bart. C.B ‘ [from the article by David Lambourne – see link below]

Current status: No longer a public library. It now houses the town’s museum. (2016)

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  • Year opened: 6 May 1926 by Sir Charles Welby, Bart.

Photo of library in 2020:

Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project


Old photo of library (postcard):

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