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Baines Collection: Introduction

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The Baines Collection

Coloured illustration from a book from the Baines Collection

Source:  Baines Collection No. 89 

Cat and Dog; or Memoirs of Puss and the Captain (1856)

This collection of children's books originally belonged to the Baines Family, and was given in 1955 by Miss Eyre to the Ministry of Education, whose successor, the Department for Education, deposited the Collection with the Institute in 1992.

Although there are a few foreign language items, most of the books are in English. There are both story books and books of general knowledge prepared for children's recreation and instruction in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Size: about 200 items

Type/format: Books

Dates: c.1700 - 1920

Accrual policy: Closed

Bedford Way

Reference only. By prior arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. Contact the Library Enquiries (email: in the first instance

This collection is listed in the Library Catalogue.


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