|Wonderful library; the mac on the chair is mine...|
There is a good deal to celebrate: this building is the epitome of respect for the world of books and learning.. With it's fine architectuer, its wonderful wooodwork, and its sweeping marble staircase it is a work of art in itself, open to all.
Part of the celebrations will be a Literary Festival taking place in June and July. I will be giving a one day workshop on the 16th June which will develop creative writing inspired by the area's history.
Of course Middlesbrough has a lot of history - it was at the core of the 19th Century Industrial Revolution with its steelworking and ship building and its emergence as a modern city full of the energetic and inventive working and middle classes with its view outwards to the wide world as an international port.
So here we can find a glut of inspiration for the creative writer who will be encouraged to take an entriely personal interpretation of all this .information.
- An 18th Century Map of Middlebrough
- River Tees 1938, River Tees 1906
- Architectural plan of the transporter bridge,
- History of passenger transport and othe aspects of Middlebrough
- Extracts from two women's diaries from 1944 and 1886
- Views of streets and markets between1870 and 1960)
- 19th century streets and the people who live, loved and died there: - ironworker, mariner, blacksmith, joiner, driller, draper, craneman upholsterer, painter, drayman, rivetter, cartman, inkeeper, solicitor, beer retailer galvaniser soliciter, architent, timekeeper, ship steward, boilersmith, tea, merchant, tailor....
So much story there for all of us
I am looking forward to the workshop which will focus on catching stories and narratives which will emerge when the writers add their contemporary life -experience to the history of this place.
It should be fun.
If you're in travelling distance of Middlebrough on 16th June you could join me in this advemture. Email Ruth_Cull@middlesbrough.gov.uk to check details.