Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Campaign for the return of local newspaper archive

The refurbished Atkinson Library is now open to general acclaim-although some have commented on the number of books missing which may be a temporary situation. But one area that does concern me is that our local history section is missing. Apparently it is lodged elsewhere. Surely the right place for the archive of local Southport newspapers  is in Southport Library

According to wikipedia the ...'Old Southport newspapers now out of print are as follows: Independent 1861-1920s; Liverpool & Southport News 1861–1872; Southport News (West Lancs) 1881–1885; Southport Standard 1885–1899 Southport Guardian 1882–1953; Southport Journal 1904–1932  Southport Star; Southport Advertiser

Now you shouldn't believe everything we you read on Wikipedia- I think the Southport Guardian went on until 1959 and the copy of the Journal I am reading is dated 1953 despte wiki claiming it ceased publication in 1939. Nevertheless whenever the exact dates folk who might wish to read it chiefly live in Southport and the copies should be deposited in The Atkinson Reference Library

The copies I was reading contained reports on the Coronation, the Southport Parliamentary by election and Ronnie Fearn's 21 Birthday!

I met with Sefton Chief Exec Margaret Carney and raised this issue with her. Before the refurbishment of the building the Library had a complete set of the Southport Guardian. It is a valuable resource and should be in Southport. So give us back our history

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