Bristol blitzed

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Blitzed book

The churned up pages of this book and the shell fragment still embedded are a sobering reminder of some of Bristol’s darkest days under blitz. The damage was caused by a raid in 1940. Quarries near Bath sheltered the Library’s greatest treasures but the working collections could not be so protected. The work concerned, Chéruel’s Dictionnaire historique des institutions, moeurs et coutumes de la France (1880), was presented to University College, Bristol, by Margaret Janson Tuke in 1907. She tutored women students in the College and was a lifelong promoter of education for women.

  • Photographer: Jamie Carstairs
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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