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Discover Cosin’s Library through free online workshops

(12 May 2021)

Interior of Cosin's Library

This week the Cosin’s Library Project, run by Durham University’s Archives and Special Collections, launches a series of free, online workshops, allowing people to learn more about one of the oldest public libraries in North East England.

Get involved

The interactive, creative online workshops will run from May to October 2021. They will be hosted by various artists, writers, musicians and actors, who will delve into a range of topics around the library’s history and its contents.

The first workshop, entitled Folios and sonnets: creative writing workshop, will be hosted by playwright and poet, Liz Mytton. It will explore Shakespeare’s first folio, which is part of the collection held at Cosin’s Library, and allow participants to develop their own creative storytelling skills.

This workshop will be held on Saturday 15 May from 10am-1.15pm via Zoom. All the workshops that are part of the online engagement programme are free to attend.

About the Project

The Cosin’s Library Project was awarded funding by Arts Council England under its Designation Development Fund scheme in late 2019.

Cosin’s Library was founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin to give local people access to ‘good books’. One of the oldest, still-surviving public libraries in the North East, the original books remain in the same purpose–made building on Palace Green, part of Durham city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, the project has diversified to include online events, allowing the public to explore various aspects of the library until it can re-open safely following conservation work.

Find out more

Find out more about the workshops or book your place.

Visit our website for more information on Cosin’s Library Project.