On Friday 26 April 2019, pop-up exhibitions on the origins, means and future of writing will simultaneously launch in over 20 partner libraries around the UK, including at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Felixstowe libraries in tandem with the opening of Writing: Making Your Mark at the British Library in London.
Through images of carved stone inscriptions, medieval manuscripts and early printed works, the family-focused pop-up displays will span five millennia and five continents to deconstruct the act of writing and consider its future in the digital age.
The free pop-up exhibition will be augmented with accompanying events and an interactive learning trail, enabling visitors of all ages to engage in a nationwide conversation exploring the act of writing through the Living Knowledge Network and their hashtag #MakingYourMark.
The Living Knowledge Network is an innovative partnership of public libraries based in major cities and towns working in collaboration with the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. The Network shares resources, skills and ideas, promoting the enduring values of libraries.
The tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 26th April – 17th May – Ipswich Library
Friday 31st May – 21st June – Bury St Edmunds Library
Friday 5th July – 26th July – Lowestoft Library
Friday 9th August – Tuesday 27th August – Felixstowe Library
Paul Howarth, Head of Content and Product Development at Suffolk Libraries, has stated:
“Writing: Making Your Mark is the latest project to come out of the Living Knowledge Network, bringing a taste of the British Library’s historic treasures to people in libraries outside of London. Suffolk Libraries is proud to be part of the network and looks forward to bringing even more informative and exciting opportunities in the future.”
Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian at the British Library, said:
‘The Living Knowledge Network is a unique partnership of national and public libraries united by a shared vision to bring knowledge alive for everyone and we are delighted to be to be working with 22 libraries across the UK to share the British Library’s exhibition, Writing: Making Your Mark. We are looking forward to building on the success of the first Living Knowledge Network display, which was based on the British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition and welcomed over 775,000 visitors between 2017 and 2018.’