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JRLT Major Project Awards 2018

26th November 2018

The Trust is pleased to announce the following awards to fund three creative, community focussed projects:

Ships in the Sky

Ships in the Sky is a film, oral history and exhibition project by artist and filmmaker Esther Johnson, supported by Hull Libraries and funded by the James Reckitt Library Trust.

The project will explore Hull’s relationship with the giant Alan Boyson mural Three Ships – one of the largest pieces of public art in the UK - also looking at the social history of the building where it currently resides. The life of this iconic building in Hull City Centre has moved from the Co-operative society to a British Home Stores and once contained the Skyline Ballroom, later Bailey’s nightclub and then Romeo’s and Juliet’s.

Hull Libraries’ oral history project ‘Untold Hull’ will work alongside Esther to engage a wide range of people and recruit those who may wish to share their personal memories and photographs. Memorabilia will be curated to form an exhibition that will tour Hull’s libraries over a 12-month period. A film will be also created and a number of talks and special screenings will form part of the programme.

To find out more, visit the Ships in the Sky website. If you have memories to share please contact the Untold Hull team on 01482 614286 or email [email protected]

Reading Rooms

The Reading Rooms project, established in 2017, has enabled Hull Libraries to deliver a shared reading model that works in the local context of Hull. Reading Rooms have successfully taken place in a variety of settings, including residential homes, ESOL groups, schools, Dove House Hospice and HMP Hull.

Funding for 2019 will allow expansion for delivery of the programme to engage with two new target groups – Reading Rooms for children & young people and Reading Rooms for staff, visitors and patients within the hospital and hospice setting.

For further information about the Reading Rooms project please contact Jessica Leathley on 01482 614 286 or email [email protected]

The Big Malarkey Festival

Since its launch in June 2017 The Big Malarkey Festival has provided more than 250 library events for over 13000 children aged 0-16, their families and schools, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

It has involved staff from across the service and branches in delivering a large scale event in many different capacities, from marketing to leading workshops to artist liaison and technical management. Most importantly, it has showcased the variety, quality and depth of the library service offer, and has brought the wide world of children’s literature alive with authors, illustrators, poets and performers.

Next year the festival will also play host to both the KS2 and KS3 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Awards – now in it’s 12th year.

We look forward to seeing the festival return in June 2019.

For further information visit The Big Malarkey Festival website.