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Bangor Carnegie Library to host display inspired by the British Library's new exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic in December 2017

Harry Potter A History of Magic in Bangor Carnegie Library 
 

Library network launches Harry Potter-inspired displays across UK

From Monday 4 December 2017, visitors will be able to discover fascinating facts about the History of Magic at Bangor Carnegie Library. 

Displays have been launched simultaneously in 20 public libraries across the UK, in tandem with the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library in London. 

The series of displays across the UK includes specially designed panels which are inspired by Harry Potter: A History of Magic, showing images of rare books, manuscripts and magical objects featured in the British Library’s exhibition, as well as images of material from J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury’s own collections. 

The displays have been developed by the British Library in collaboration with public libraries through the Living Knowledge Network, an innovative partnership between the British Library and 22 major public libraries across the UK, and the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, combining centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Based on the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this exhibition will showcase material from J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury’s own collections, going on display for the very first time. 

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, said of the project:

“We are delighted to be working with 20 different public libraries across the UK to share our exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. The Living Knowledge Network is all about sharing resources, skills and ideas to make our intellectual heritage available to everyone and here we’ve championed what lies at the heart of the Harry Potter stories that resonates deeply with people across the country to achieve this. The roll-out truly encapsulates the convening power of bringing local and national treasures together through the partners.”

We are delighted to be working with 20 different public libraries across the UK to share our exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Using stunning mobile panels inspired by the exhibition, these Living Knowledge Network partners will draw on their own collections and regional connections to magical traditions and folklore to make displays, and I look forward to seeing the results.

Sharing our exhibition in this way is the best possible demonstration of our aims for the Living Knowledge Network, which brings together libraries from across the UK to inspire audiences, share knowledge and to celebrate the transformative and enduring power of libraries.” 

You can view this exhibition from Monday 4 December for the month in Bangor Carnegie Library, during library opening hours. Admission is free.

Contact Bangor Carnegie Library (Hamilton Road, BT20 4LH) on telephone: 028 9127 0591, email: bangorcarnegie.library@librariesni.org.uk or go to the Libraries NI website at www.librariesni.org.uk​