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Events, Talks and Exhibitions

that are happening in Darlington Libraries

Author Visits and Special EventsTop of Page 

Crown Street Art Gallery

@ Darlington LibraryTop of Page

07 - 30 MAR | Art Exhibition Closed until further notice

Jonny Lancaster | Solo Exhibition

Inspired by the vintage travel posters of the early to mid twentieth century, local artist Jonny Lancaster designs fresh contemporary prints based on locations in the North East. Jonny endeavours to capture the beauty of the places on our own doorstep and also to have fun with local landmarks and sayings. Two of his most successful prints are his ‘Monte Darlo’ and ‘Meet me under the town clock’ designs. If you’ve lived in Darlington, you’ve probably arranged to meet someone under our famous timekeeper! And chances are you’ve referred to the town as Monte Darlo!

This exhibition will showcase these prints as well as preparatory paintings and drawings.

Crown Street Art Gallery at Darlington Library


 Watch this space for upcoming exhibitions or visit Creative Darlington to see previous exibitions

Local History EventsTop of Page

FRI 27 MAR | Local History Talk Event Cancelled

Secret Darlington

Secret Darlington | a talk and book signing by Chris Lloyd

To celebrate the publication of Chris Lloyd's new book, we are hosting a talk and book signing event.

2pm | Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library

FREE | Booking required, places limited

01325 349630 |

04 - 31 MAR | Local History Display Closed until further notice

Quaker Women

Quaker Women in 19th Century Darlington

March 2020 is Women’s History Month and to mark the occasion we’ve decided to show our popular Quaker Women in 19th Century Darlington display again. Some of the most influential people in Darlington’s history have been Quakers. Many of them were wealthy industrialists, bankers, politicians or philanthropists. You may be familiar with the names of Edward and Joseph Pease or Jonathan Backhouse perhaps but much less well-known are the women from these families.

Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library

05 - 28 MAR | Local History Display Closed until further notice


Women | a framed picture collection

A small display of portraits and group photographs on show around the walls of the Centre forLocal Studies.

Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library

17 MAR - APR | Local History Display Closed until further notice

Discover our Digitized Collection

The Centre for Local Studies has a large collection of images relating to Darlington and the surrounding areas (over 46,000 in fact!). In recent years we have been working hard with our dedicated volunteers to digitise many of the slides and negatives in the collection and make them available online for people to view. Our February display features some of the thousands of pictures we have shared on Flickr; from Darlington’s Theatre Royal posters from the 1880s to photographs of the town throughout the 20th Century. Call in and find out more about the digital photo collection and how you can view it

Cockerton Library (This is a selection of images from the larger display shown in Darlington Library in January)

Group ActivitiesTop of Page

Weekly | Mondays Cancelled until further notice

The Knitting Circle | Darlington Library Knitting Group

For interested beginners and experienced knitters

Darlington Library | 10am - 12noon

£FREE (simply turn up and join in)

Monthly | Every First Monday

Audio Book Club | a reading group for people with visual impairment

Come along to our Audio Reading Group where you can select books and discuss favourite reads. Refreshments provided. If you would like more information about the group please call 01325 349610

Darlington Library | 2.00 - 3.00 pm


Monthly | Every First Wednesday

Poetry Group |

Whether you are interested in reading, writing or just listening to poetry our monthly group is FREE and open for anyone to attend.

Darlington Library | 2.00 pm


Health and WellbeingTop of Page

Monthly | Second Tuesday of the month

Hearing Loss Drop-in Clinic

Do you live in Darlington and want to talk to someone about your hearing loss? Our free information drop-in sessions may be able to help you. We also provide hearing aid support to people who have their NHS Hearing aids supplied by Minor ops.

Darlington Library | 9.15am - 12noon

POSTPONED FROM 01 MARCH 2019 - Call 0191 917 8886 for replacement batteries and clinical appointments

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