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Memory Lane Dementia Café

Middlesbrough Central Library

The Memory Lane Dementia Café is held on a monthly basis on the third Wednesday of each month, in Central Library, from 1-3pm.

Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Middlesbrough Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Middlesbrough Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries, Dorman Museum and Teesside Archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Middlesbrough Library.

The exhibition is open during library opening hours and a host of events have been planned to celebrate the launch. Reserve your place on events by calling 01642 729002.

The Enduring Appeal of Harry Potter

Wednesday 15 November, 6 - 7pm

Durham University lectures Dr Martin Richardson and Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan explore the enduring appeal of Harry Potter, from the life lessons we can learn at Hogwarts to the ways in which J.K. Rowling’s magical coinages have become part of everyday Muggle conversation. Age 14+
Tickets £3

Middlesbrough Central Library are also able to exclusively screen the Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures live from the British Library in London.

All lectures are screened at Middlesbrough Central Library. Tickets £3. Reserve your place by calling 01642 729002.

Women, Witches and Witch-Trials

Tuesday 5 December, 7 - 8.30pm

Anita Anand chairs a panel of expert historians  as they discuss the history of witchcraft and gender roles within it.

Defence Against The Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling

Monday 22 January, 7 - 8.15pm

Cultural historian Christopher Frayling explores the history and myths surrounding vampires over the centuries and gives a lesson on the various methods of protecting ourselves.

Divination with Marc Salem

Thursday 15 February, 7 - 8.15pm

Are mind-readers real? A look at how we deduce, or divine, meaning from non-verbal signs with Marc Salem, performer, mind reader and expert in non-verbal communication.

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