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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.

British Library Screenings

We’re delighted to be able to show a series of both live and pre-recorded screenings from the British Library to audiences in Middlesbrough.

Frankenstein: The First 200 Years

Tuesday 17th April 7-8:30pm

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 

Read Regional Authors Celebrate World Book Night

Tuesday 24th April 7-8.30pm at Acklam Community Hub and Library

David Mark is already well known for his Hull based crime series featuring DS Aector McAvoy. Tonight he introduces his first historical fiction novel The Zealot’s Bones– a dark mystery set in 1849 in Hull during a cholera outbreak. The story centres on Meshach Stone, a disgraced soldier and spy now serving as bodyguard to rich young archaeologist Diligence Matheson. They have come to the north seeking the last resting place of one of Christ’s apostles.

Carmen Marcus is a performance poet from Saltburn who will introduce her debut novel How Saints Die – a tale of strength and survival inspired by seaside folklore and superstitions.

Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01642 817810

 T-Junction International Poetry Festival

We’re delighted to host two events as part of T-Junction International Poetry Festival in April including the launch event featuring poet Michael Rosen and a panel debate. Find out more at

Middlesbrough: My Town My Future Exhibition Launch

Friday 27th April 12pm-2pm at Dorman Museum 

Middlesbrough residents have been taking part in fun workshops to tell their stories about the town. They’ve worked with Mark Williams, a photography tutor from Middlesbrough Community Learning, and creative writing tutor Natalie Scott to learn how to take inspirational photographs and write creative stories, poems and narratives about what Middlesbrough means to them. The exhibition will be on display at Dorman Museum throughout May and we’re holding a launch event there on Friday 27th April 12pm to 2pm. There’ll be refreshments and a chance to hear some of the poems written by participants as well as being one of the first to see the exhibition. Free tickets can be reserved here

Local History Month 

There are lots of exciting events taking place across the town for Local History Month in May. You can see full details at including a number of talks taking place at Middlesbrough Central Library.

For more events, visit