Public Libraries Act

British Coat of ArmsOn 14 Aug 1850, the Public Libraries Act received Royal Assent. This Act repealed the 1845 Museums of Art Act, making the adoption of the Act a matter of city-wide rather than just council vote, and adding libraries to the provision; still put maximum new levy at ½ penny per pound of taxable property, but disallowed admission charges. Image: The Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Amy Woodson-Boulton, “The City Art Museum Movement and the Social Role of Art”

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14 Aug 1850

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