Humphrey Chetham

Standard Name: Chetham, Humphrey


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Before 20 September 1653
Humphrey Chetham planned the organisation which, after his death on this date, opened as the first public library in the modern world: Chetham's Library in Manchester (sometimes known as Cheetham's ).
August 1850
The Public Libraries Act, which provided for government-funded libraries, was given royal assent.