The Brief

The Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation are developing a new round of Engaging Libraries that will open for applications later this year. The programme will support public libraries across the UK to explore and deliver public engagement projects involving research in health, culture and society, and to help foster partnerships between public libraries and researchers.

The new round of Engaging Libraries builds on the pilot programme run between October 2017 and October 2018.

Phase 1

The first phase of Engaging Libraries was a pilot programme, run in partnership by the Carnegie UK Trust and Wellcome. It supported 14 projects across 16 public library services to experiment with creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing.

Engaging Libraries: Learning from Phase 1 outlines learning, reflections and some case studies from the successful first phase of Engaging Libraries.

Programme Portfolio

The 14 Engaging Libraries projects supported during Phase 1 were:.

  • Release the Pressure: City of London
  • #ExpressYourself: Essex
  • Empathy Day: Jointly Essex, St. Helens, Libraries Unlimited in Devon and Sheffield Libraries
  • The Final Party – Celebrating Death through Celebrations of Life: Redbridge
  • Brainworks: East Dunbartonshire
  • Talking ‘Bout Teddies: Dundee
  • Great Minds!: Lancashire
  • The Travelling Happiness Bar: Bolton
  • Comics and Cosplay; Caring for Young Minds: Oldham
  • Slipper Talk: Torfaen
  • Teddy Bears Picnic: London Borough of Bexley
  • Library Takeovers: Creating a Space for All: Somerset
  • You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Norfolk
  • Body, Image and Mind: Leeds

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