Harry Potter fans are in for a treat

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In January Dewsbury Library is hosting a display inspired by the British Library’s new exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

What can I see?

From Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 1pm, visitors will be able to discover fascinating facts about Magic through 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.

Kirklees local connections to magic and folklore will also be showcased, and will include local publications on botany and herb lore, stories of ghosts and witches recorded by local historians as well as images of items from the collections of Kirklees Museums and Galleries and West Yorkshire Archive Service.

There’ll also be a range of events and activities taking place,  thanks to a a group of young volunteers aged 14-17 who’ve been working hard behind the scenes on the project.

Why is the Harry Potter exhibition taking place?

Displays will launch 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 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.

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.”

What events are taking place in Kirklees?

Diagon Alley family fun day: Wednesday 3 January

Charms and Potions: watch magic come to life as you make some of your favourite potions. Dark Arts: make all sorts of magical crafts. Transfiguration: our professional face painter will be ready to transform you into any magical creature you like.

Storytelling with Ursula Holden Gill: Thursday 4 January

Ursula Holden Gill is a shape-shifting scallywag who can make you laugh and cry, think, reflect and roar again, all in the space of half an hour!

Craft & Create Dewsbury School of Magic: Friday 5 January

Design a shoebox room for our School of Magic! What will your chamber look like? Will you create a space for the magical creatures? Or will you design a potions classroom? All of the rooms will be magically combined to build a school of magic.

Boardgame fun with Imagination Gaming: Saturday 6 January

Drop in to the library and enjoy some classic family time with Imagination Games. From cool cards to intriguing board games, collectible dice and roleplay!

Make a magical diary (Arts Award in a day): Saturday 13 January

Working with local artist Tasneem Kausar, use invisible ink and learn a variety of creative and artistic techniques to create a magical diary, just like Tom Riddle’s. Attendance for this full day session will gain you a Discover level Arts Award.

Chol Magic School theatre workshop: Tuesday 20 February

This theatre workshop gives everyone a chance to step into the shoes of a young wizard or witch, share their own magical ideas and work together to build our very own school of wizardry and witchcraft… who knows who we will meet!


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