[ 'Official Opening of the Central Public Library', County Borough of Burnley, 1930. ] Autograph Card Signed to J. Cuming Walters from the curator of the Towneley Museum, John Mackay, enclosing a copy of the printed programme to the opening.

[ The Central Public Library, Burnley ] John Mackay, first curator (from 1930), of Towneley Hall, Burnley [ J. Cuming Walters [ John Cuming Walters ] (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News ]
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Mackay's card from Towneley Hall, Burnley, 30 June 1930. The programme for the official opening of the Central Public Library on 3 July 1930.
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Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Accompanied by the remains of the envelope in which they were enclosed, addressed by Mackay to Walters at the Manchester Evening News. A very nice piece of ephemera, from an age when British libraries were cherished. (It is impossible to believe that the opening of a library today would be broadcast on the BBC.) The Library is still in service. ONE: Autograph Card Signed ('John Mackay'). A plain Post Card. Mackay, who had been the butler at Towneley Hall before becoming the first curator in 1903, writes exclusively in capitals. Regarding Walters' recent publication, Mackay writes: 'I have no doubt that you will be pleased to learn that the Library Committee of Burnley have decided to present the book “Charms of Lancashire” to Lord Elgin and Kincardine, G.M.C., LL.D. On the occasion of the opening of the New Central Library. The book has been beautifully bound and will be the first book issued from the Library.' He has had a visit from the 'Chairman of the Library Committee, Councillor Green', and invites Walters to accompany him to the opening. TWO: Programme, printed in black and red, on one side of an 8vo leaf. Headed: 'County Borough of Burnley. | Official Opening of the Central Public Library 3rd July, 1930. | Order of Proceedings.' Followed by 31 lines of text. The proceedings begin from '2-30 to 2-40 p.m.', and five minutes later 'His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H. R. Nuttall, J.P.) will present the official key to and invite the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, C.M.G., LL.D., to open the Library. | After the door has been unlocked, guests will proceed upstairs to the Juvenile Library and be seated as speedily as possible.' The Earl delivers an address at 3.05p.m., and it is noted that 'The speeches of His Worship the Mayor and the Earl of Elgin will be broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation from the transmitters at Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Hull, Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.' After this comes the presentation of Walters' book: 'Miss Olivia M. Coupland will present to the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine the first book to be issued from the Library.' There are two votes of thanks. The second, to the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, is replied to on behalf of the trustees by the Trust's secretary, Lieut.-Col. J. M. Mitchell. The page ends: At the conclusion of these proceedings guests are invited to inspect the building and proceed subsequently to the Town Hall, where Afternoon Tea will be served after 4 p.m. | God Save the King.'