Levenshulme Old Library

Levenshulme Old Library – A Tale Worth the Telling

Early in 2023 we commissioned acclaimed music, storytelling, and arts collective Harp and a Monkey to develop an archive of oral histories with local residents about Levenshulme Old Library and the incredible community who live in our neighbourhood.

These memories were turned into an animated film celebrating the history of our building – from the days of Andrew Carnegie and the fight against its closure through to the Levenshulme Old Library we have today – and the tenacious community which has made it a home since it opened its doors.

We created a rather rickety makeshift cinema at Levenshulme Old Library and screened this piece as part of our Levolution programme which celebrates local activism and protest.

This film was made by Martin Purdy and Simon Jones with music by Harp and a Monkey. It was made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.