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Newcastle's Lit & Phil stages open day

A building still serving the purpose for which it was built 200 years ago is throwing open its doors

Alexander Armstrong at The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle
Alexander Armstrong at The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle

They’re having an Open Day at the Lit & Phil next Saturday and everyone’s invited.

Writers, historians and musicians will contribute to a busy programme of activities to celebrate a building that has been part of regional life since 1825.

Free tours will take place on the hour from 10am to 3pm and there are plenty of nooks and crannies – to say nothing of 160,000 books – to explore beneath the evocative domed ceiling lanterns.

Members who love the Lit & Phil will tell you it’s a place of learning for fun. It’s certainly not as stuffy as you might imagine. How could it be with Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong as president?

First up at 10am in a free programme of activities is a lecture by Ian McArdle, Sarajevo 1914: The Fateful Day.

Crime writers Ann Cleeves and Mari Hannah, children’s author David Almond and Newcastle University Dr Andrew Fletcher (on the subject of the Milky Way) are among those scheduled to share their wisdom.

Visitors will be able to see bookbinders at work and take part in creative writing activities.

The building, still serving the purpose for which it was built, will be open from 9.30am to 4pm. Details on www.litandphil.org.uk

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