Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hyde Library signs

The dilapidated modern sign for Hyde Library with the prominent slogan from Tameside Council of "in touch".

Hyde Library was originally Hyde Technical School and Free Library. It opened in 1897 replacing the former Mechanics Institute.

In recent years the building was shared between the library and Tameside College but the college moved out and extensive refurbishment took place between 2006 and 2010 when a gallery featuring local artist Harry Rutherford was opened. However in 2012 the gallery was moved to the Central Art Gallery in Ashton under Lyne.

In the first round of "council austerity cuts" the public were presented with three "choices" regarding the future of library services. Smaller local libraries were closed in the light of promised improved facilities at main libraries such as Hyde. Now, in a new round of service cuts, the proposal is to move library services to the Town Hall.

The plan is then to sell the library building.

See details of the engraving above the Union Street entrance on Hyde Daily Photo.

A contribution to signs, signs.


  1. Beautiful building! Love this style of architecture. Reminds me of the Humber College buildings where I live similar style :)

  2. We also had some talks of austerity cuts to libraries. Then the librarians went on strike. Now, two new libraries are being built. Sometimes the local council is wrong about what the public wants and needs!
    That first sign is very plain and uninspiring, btw.

  3. I wish to make a special thank you to Gerald England for posting the Save Hyde Library Petition on here. Many thanks Gerald.

  4. These library signage are looking so cool. When i was in my college i use to look these signage. Hahaha i just love these signage signs so much.


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