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Jul 17 - Sep 2

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Harry Potter: A History of Magic comes to the Dorman Museum for the summer holidays!

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Live from the British Library, London - Frankenstein: the first 200 years. 

Christopher Frayling traces the journey of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture.

Frankenstein was published on New Year's Day 1818 in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. In an illustrated lecture, the cultural historian discusses the trajectory of the novel, and its depiction in magazines, on playbills, posters, advertising, packaging, and in comics and graphic novels.    

Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chair of Arts Council England. A cultural historian, critic and award-winning broadcaster on television and radio, he has published over 20 books on art, design, film and popular culture, including Nightmare: The Birth of HorrorVampyres: Genesis and Resurrection, and most recently, Frankenstein - The First Two Hundred Years (Reel Art Press).

Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01642 729002 

Venue: Central Library

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