A record number of events are taking place at Central Library from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September as part of Heritage Open Weekend. Many of these are free and it’s a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the Grade II* listed building and the Library’s special collections. Two British Library live screenings with Vivienne Westwood and Melvyn Bragg are also coming up.
Heritage Tours (Thurs 7th, 2pm; Fri 8th, 2pm; Sat 9th, 11.15am) An entertaining trip behind the scenes of the magnificent Grade II* listed building. Free, booking required
Tapestry Tour (Fri 8th, 12pm; Sun 10th, 1pm) A tour of the Leeds Tapestry, a needlework display celebrating the city’s history and culture. Learn about the intricate needlework images and discover the fascinating stories behind their creation. Free, booking required
Treasures Up Close (Fri 8th, 3.30pm; Sat 9th, 10.15am) Find out more about some of the old, rare and beautiful items in the collections in this special hands on session. Free, booking required
British Library Live Screenings
Vivienne Westwood: Reading is Important: Get a Life! (Mon18th Sept, 7-8.30pm) For fashion designer, environmentalist and businesswoman Vivienne Westwood, books have always been among her great loves. She shares her passion for reading and the inspiration it can bring, with selections from some of her favourites.
Banned Books Week – Standing With Salman Thurs 28th Sept, 7-8pm) Melvyn Bragg and Caroline Michel reflect on their fight to end the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
Tickets for events can be booked at – www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents