Book Your Place in Wakefield's History

A team of librarians, who clocked-up 91 years working at the old Drury Lane Library, have kick-started a fundraising drive to support the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building. The campaign will see supporters set their name and the title of their favourite book in a special commemorative bookcase.

Choosing ‘The Railway Children’ by Edith Nesbit, the librarians, who now work at Wakefield Library, will be the first to feature in The Supporters’ Bookcase. It will take pride of place in the entrance to the building, which is due to re-open in Spring 2015 as part of a conversion project by Wakefield-based charity The Art House.

Designed as a lasting tribute to the old Drury Lane Library, the thought-provoking Supporter’s Bookcase will act as a permanent reminder of the building’s previous use and also as a record of the generosity of its supporters.

The Bookcase will become a feature in the heart of the re-purposed building when it reopens following a £3m overhaul by The Art House to create 34 new artists’ studios, alongside public spaces where members of the public can interact with art and artists.

As part of the fundraising campaign, The Art House is appealing for individuals to make small donations to support the final stages of the project. Each person to contribute £50 or more will book their place in Wakefield history, with their name and the title of their favourite book featured on a specially-designed book spine installed on one of the original oak bookcases reclaimed from the old library.

Angela Galvin, Capital Project Director for The Art House’s Old Library Project said today:

The Art House has already raised more than £3m to secure the future of the old library, transforming this much-loved building into a venue that will be used by artists, business and the public.

“We are now on our final fundraising drive to complete the fit out and felt that the Supporters’ Bookcase would help us to raise valuable funds whilst enabling local people to be part of a lasting tribute.

“It truly is a unique opportunity and we are really looking forward to getting as many people involved as possible. It’s perfect if - like the staff team from the old library - you have an affiliation with Wakefield Drury Lane Library, if you love books or if you simply want to help creative talent to thrive.”

In return for a minimum donation of £50 each supporters’ name (or that of a friend or loved one) and favourite book title will be permanently recorded within the Supporters’ Bookcase. In addition supporters will receive an invitation to see the commemorative piece being unveiled as part of the Old Library Grand Opening Celebrations in the summer of 2015.