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Manuscript Collection

The Armitt holds a fascinating range of manuscripts, as diverse as plans for the Ambleside railway which, of course was never built, Ruskin’s letters to his doctor and other personal and family papers, the Beggars Entry Book for Ambleside and various documents relating to the Poor Law, landholding and property records and an eighteenth-century visitors book for the Salutation Hotel. It also holds extensive archives of the works of the political economist and social commentator Harriet Martineau and the educationalist Charlotte Mason.