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Apr 21

The Westenders

07:30pm

An outstanding concert style production showcasing the vocal talents of six professional performers

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A unique chance to see and hear the unique words and photos of Raymond Kitching (1932-2012) a lifelong Middlesbrough resident, science teacher, keen photographer, collector and documentarian. The unique photo and audio presentation “Portrait of Teesside” was first shown 50 years ago and was nearly lost to the house clearance company on Ray’s passing, but has been rescued and digitised by his next door neighbour, Andrew McCall-Smith.

Central Library

The Central Public Library was officially opened in 1912 by Alderman Amos Hinton. Built on two plots of land, one donated by Sir Hugh Bell, the other by Alderman Amos Hinton, the foundation stone was laid in 1910 and the building, sometimes known as the Carnegie Library, was officially opened on May 8, 1912. Featuring a classical design selected from 203 submissions, its architects were Messrs. S. B. Russell and T. E. Cooper, of Gray's Inn Square, London.

In its original form, it provided a lending library where boys' and girls' sections were separated by a screen, a ladies' reading room, a central news room with a separate entrance in Grange Road, and on the first floor were the law and patent and reference libraries. This was Middlesbrough's first purpose-built premises to house its public library.

Further contact information

Lending Library: 01642 729002; lending_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Reference Library: 01642 729001; reference_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Opening times

Monday 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 9.30am-5pm
Thursday 9.30am-7pm
Friday 9.30am-5pm
Saturday 9.30am-5pm
Sunday Closed