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