Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the Forthcoming events section or browse through the guide to find events at your local library, including regulars such as book groups and rhyme time sessions. Westminster City Archives also holds regular events.

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View opening times and contact details for all Westminster libraries. Find out about holiday and other closure dates.

1. Forthcoming events

Ongoing events, news and exhibitions

Special events and news

2. Charing Cross Library

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

Special events

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
PlayCantonese Second and last Wednesdays of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date  Information
Free computer training Every other Monday, 2pm to 4pm One-to-one basic computer and internet skills tuition. Email, searching online, completing forms, laptop, tablet and smartphone assistance - hourly places need to be booked at the library.
Chinese Painting Class  Saturdays, 11am to 1pm £10 per session. To join, please contact Charing Cross Library, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997.

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Look after your brain

Tuesday 16 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Dementia Friends information session

Friday 19 May, 11am to midday

A free information session led by care providers 'Home Instead' in partnership with the libraries' Health Information Project. We will talk about what is dementia, the different kinds of dementia and addressing our fears and worries and opening a discussion around the misinformation and stigma surrounding the condition. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
French club for kids Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.15pm Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher. Booking essential.
Homework club Thursdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Stories, songs, crafts and fun for under 5s Thursdays, 10.30am to midday Read more about sessions for under 5s
Scratch computer coding club Saturdays, 2.30pm to 3.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential - please email Church Street library.

Regular events for adults

For any of these sessions other than the CV and employment drop-in and IT drop-in sessions (all on Mondays), please speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
English speaking club for men and women Every Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, midday to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
Shared reading group Tuesdays, midday to 1pm Read more about reading groups
Advice plus session Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August) Drop-in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, council tax, etc.
Free health MOTs for residents Fridays, 1pm to 4.30pm A 30-minute healthy lifestyle check for adult residents in Westminster. It may include measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, height, weight and goal setting. Book an appointment or drop-in. Contact Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk.
Bengali women's reading and writing group Fridays, 9.30am to 11.30am Provided by the Westminster Libraries Bengali Outreach Project. For more information and to join, contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page.
Reading group Meets monthly on Fridays Read more about reading groups
Knitting group Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Experts and beginners alike are welcome - ask in the library for more information.
IT, ESOL and other courses Regular courses throughout the year For a wide range of courses, contact Westminster Adult Education Service on 020 7297 7297 or see waes.ac.uk

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Financial capability drop-in sessions

Wednesday 26 April, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 10 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 31 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 7 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 14 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Citizens Advice Westminster will be offering information on various topics, including:

  • banking
  • understanding credit and loans
  • energy saving
  • budgeting

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays, 11.15am An interactive French music group for little ears. Nursery rhymes, puppetry, props and musical instruments bring the sessions alive. Preschoolers from 6-months old are welcome. Read more on the Tata Isa website£5 per session
Homework club Tuesdays and Fridays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Sessions for under 5s Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.30am; 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am. Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code club for kids Wednesdays in term time, 4pm to 5pm Free club aimed at children aged 7 to 11 years. Contact Maida Vale Library for more information.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Share a Book group Wednesdays, 10.30am to midday Read more about reading groups
Metropolitan Police safer neighbourhood team drop-in Monthly on Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 7pm.  The Westbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team will be available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety.
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Eileen Mahony

Friday 21 April, 6pm to 8pm

Author, Eileen Mahony, reads from her new novel, Cumberland Mansions, which is set in Marylebone during the First World War. 10 people who placed obituaries and personal notices in the Telegraph of 1914 are brought together in a house of companionship, leaving behind the struggles and chaos and grief of the war. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tiny tots Tuesdays,10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesdays in term time, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Storytime for under 5s Fridays at 3.45pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Saturday morning crafts Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Mondays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Dementia Friends Last Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm Understand more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups
Crime reading group Last Wednesday of the month, 6.15pm Read more about reading groups
Graphic novel club Monthly on a Wednesday Read more about reading groups
Community gardening

 

Fridays, 10.30am to 12.30am With the support of the Metropolitan Public Gardening Association, we have created a free and open gardening space for visitors of all ages to nurture and enjoy while meeting friendly, like-minded people. Experienced gardeners or keen learners can help sow, nurture and grow a variety of plants, flowers and vegetables.

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s sessions Tuesdays, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

7. Paddington Library

View Paddington library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Financial capability drop-in sessions

Friday 21 April, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday 12 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday 19 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday 26 May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Citizens Advice Westminster will be offering information on various topics, including:

  • banking
  • understanding credit and loans
  • energy saving
  • budgeting

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Look after your brain

Thursday 25 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Entertaining accounting

Wednesday 26 April, 6.15pm to 8pm

Workshop presented by Ivan Favennec from Ad Majorem Financial Engineering. Join us for an entertaining presentation that is jargon free and designed to make what is often experienced as ‘financialgobbledygook’, easy to understand and apply to your business. By the end of the session you will:

  • understand the principle of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts
  • understand company accounts to improve and understand your business
  • be amazed at absorbing so much knowledge in such a short time

Company accounts will be seen in such a simple way that it would give everyone the power to better understand the paramount role of the entrepreneur, the soul and life of the business.

£5 for adults, £3 for concessions (ex. VAT)

Please book your place via Eventbrite.

Learn about papier mâché and flower arrangements

Saturday 29 April, 1pm to 4pm

Want to try a new craft? Find out how to make a simple button hole and other floral arrangements. We will also show you how to turn old newspapers into beautifully scented pomanders.

Please book your free place at the library or contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time/date Information
Homework club Mondays and Fridays, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler time Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and stories followed by simple crafts.
WAES family workshops Occasional Saturdays Westminster Adult Education Service family workshops take place intermittently. For more information, please contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Quit smoking Mondays, 2.30pm to 5.30pm Kick It Stop Smoking specialists offer carbon monoxide testing and free one-to-one sessions for advice and support in giving up smoking.
"Share a book" group Mondays, 2pm to 3.30pm and Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a librarian or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
One-to-one CV writing, job search sessions and interview skills workshops Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Get expert advice on how to update your CV and great tips on job searching. There are also free interview skills workshops which last about 2 hours. Places are limited; book by contacting Paddington Library.
Health check surgery Mondays and Fridays, 11am to 4pm Free one-to-one NHS health checks for anyone aged 40 to 74 and who lives or works in Westminster. Get your results in as little as 20 minutes. Members of the public can also book a series of free, one-to-one health trainer sessions for weight loss, mood boosting and increasing physical activity.
Beginners' IT class Tuesdays, 9.55am to 11.55am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm This course is run by Open Age. To book the afternoon class, please call 020 8964 1900. To book the morning class, please contact Paddington Library.
Writers' group 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about the Paddington writers' group. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the meeting date as it may vary.
Community reading and writing: essential skills Wednesdays, 10am to 12.30pm from 21 September 2016 (contact WAES for exact dates of terms) Run by WAES, this course will help improve your reading and writing skills and develop your spelling, basic sentence structure and grammar in English. The course is free to students who show proof of benefits and status restrictions may apply/ For more information, contact 020 7641 8665.
Community health event Last Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Please see publicity in the library for further details.
Go online - beginners' IT training Fridays, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Readers' group 3rd Friday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Please contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Free health checks for men Saturdays 9.30am to 2pm Do you live in or are you registered with a GP in Westminster? Get a free 30 minute healthy lifestyle check and set your new health improvement goals. Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and health promotion advice. Just turn up, or book an appointment on 0207 563 6217 / hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Free Comic Book Day

Sunday 7 May, from 1.30pm while stocks last

To celebrate Comic Book Day, Pimlico library is giving away free copies of some popular graphic novel titles, kindly donated by DC Entertainment. There is a limited number of copies to give away on a first come, first served basis. Please, come early.

Breath: stories and live experiences from Cuba

Tuesday 9 May, 6pm to 7pm

After living in Cuba for several years, Leila Segal decided to put her experiences and the people she met in a collection of short stories full of heartfelt emotion. Meet Leila and hear her tales from the 'Pearl of the Antilles'.

Dementia Friends information session

Tuesday 16 May, 1pm to 2pm

A free information session led by care providers 'Home Instead' in partnership with the libraries' Health Information Project. We will talk about what is dementia, the different kinds of dementia and addressing our fears and worries and opening a discussion around the misinformation and stigma surrounding the condition. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Look after your brain

Thursday 18 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Mondays, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Rhyme time rhymes Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesdays, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Just for dads First Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am Under 5s session especially for dads and male carers to bring children for stories and songs. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Please note: under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
CV Advice Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.
Please contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library): ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk / 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups

Internet one-to-ones

Thursdays, 2pm to 3pm and Fridays 11am to 12pm Single, one hour one-to-one sessions with a member of staff to show the basics of the internet,email etc. Please contact the library to book.
English speaking club in partnership with Rotary Club of London Saturdays, 10am to midday (group restarts Saturday 4 February 2017) Are you interested in improving your spoken English as well as reading and writing? Join for free - no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, please confirm with the library beforehand.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Assisting people who haven’t been working for a while

Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Are you over 19, unemployed or on JSA? Interested in exploring your options for training or employment? Find out more with our Employment Advisor, who can help with creating a CV, training opportunities and more.

Please drop in or make an appointment by calling Shah Alam on 020 7266 8254.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated. Children can join these after-school clubs with a registration form signed by a parent/guardian - please fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time / date Information
Homework club Mondays and Fridays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Rhyme time for under 5s Mondays and Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Reading group The third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
Stop smoking stall Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3pm This is delivered by our partners, Kick It Stop Smoking services.
"Share a book" group Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 5pm We read short stories, poems, plays and novels aloud, and discuss what we’ve read. There's no pressure to read aloud or join in the discussion; you decide how much you participate. New joiners should contact Queen's Park Library or just turn up. Read more about reading groups

10. St John's Wood Library

View St John's Wood library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Look after your brain

Tuesday 23 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are held in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays at 10am £6 per session. For more information, visit the Tata Isa website
Storytime Mondays, 4pm to 4.30pm Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Teaching children programming by making computer games, animations and websites, following the program at Code Studio. Offering great support and fun for all ages.
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.15am. Saturdays, 11am. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesdays during term time, 3.30 to 4.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Share a read Thursdays, 4 to 5pm Join our group to read a story together. We read as a group, one-to-one, and also on our own.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Crime readers group 3rd Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
Shared reading group 2nd Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
Information and advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau Wednesdays, 10am to midday Please call 08444 771611 to book an appointment
IT drop-in session Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Delivered by WAES, jointly funded by the councillors for Abbey Road and Regent's Park wards. You must be a resident of these wards to attend and you will be asked to record what you have learned each week. Sessions are free; no booking is required, but places are given on a first come, first served basis.
Book club First Wednesday of the month Read more about our book clubs
Monthly meet-up Last Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to midday A series of informal talks, workshops and book readings with coffee, tea and croissants for seniors. The Penfold Community Hub will have information on activities for the over 50s.
Chair yoga Fridays, 10.30 to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery Saturdays, 10.00am to midday Drop-in session. forthcoming dates: 
2016 - 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec
2017 - 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 1 Jul

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Free book giveaway for World Book Night

Monday 24 to Saturday 29 April while stocks last

To celebrate World Book Night, Victoria library is giving away free copies of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This graphic autobiography depicts the author's childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution.

Look after your brain

Thursday 4 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Under 5s Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event> Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Book gluttons reading group 3rd Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
"Share a book" group Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Last Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
Writers' group 3rd Saturday of the month, 11am to midday. Read more about the Victoria writers' group.

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Rachel Smith, flutes

4 May, 6pm to 7pm

Rachel Smith returns to Westminster Music Library for a performance of music for flute by Telemann, C. P. E. Bach, Jacob, Honegger, Bozza and Paul Lewis. Her programme will include works for piccolo and alto flute. Dr Rachel Smith studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Northern College of Music and in 2013 graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford, Manchester. Concerto, recital and freelance work have taken her across the UK and around the world. She has played in the West End Theatre and contemporary music ensembles, and tours regularly with London Festival Opera. She has been principal flute of the Coldstream Guards Band since 2001 which has incorporated worldwide concert tours and solo performances with the band.

Refreshments are included. This event is free but you are advised to book your place at the library or contact Westminster Music Library

Please note that this event will take place on the first floor to which accessible only by stairs.

An introduction to playing the bodhrán 

Saturday 6 May 11 to 12 noon

The bodhrán, the heartbeat of Irish music, is an ancient drum made from wood and goatskin and beaten with a wooden stick. This fun and inclusive workshop led by Irish percussionist Ruairi Glasheen, will explore the history of this dynamic instrument and a range of technical and musical skills required to play the bodhrán. All instruments will be provided, no experience necessary.

Refreshments are included. This event is free but you are advised to book your place at the library or contact Westminster Music Library.

Please note that this event will take place on the first floor to which access is only available by stairs.

 

Revision to Westminster Music Library opening hours

From 1 April 2017, Westminster Music Library will open each Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm. 

The Rehearsal Room will still be available for bookings from 10am, and any items of stock that have been reserved - including pre-paid performance sets - may be collected in Victoria Library from 9.30am. 

Weekday opening hours are not affected, the Music Library will remain open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm.

Read about previous events on Books and the City

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Look after your brain

Tuesday 2 May midday to 2pm

Health information stall delivered by a nurse from Westminster's Health Improvement Team. Free information on how healthy eating and increasing physical activity can boost your mood, your brain power and also help those affected by dementia to live well. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Mobile Apps for Business: Beginner’s Guide

Saturday 13 May, 2pm to 4pm

Presented by Philip Symons MBCS, Director of Zapplication. 

Mobile apps can increase your sales, brand visibility, customer engagement and loyalty. But how do you get on board?

Part one of this 2-part seminar discusses:

  • pros and cons of apps versus mobile websites & choosing which to build
  • whether you can rely on an app store to do your marketing
  • how to keep up with the increasing speed of technological change
  • why mobile users are different and how to test usability

Part 2 of this 2-part seminar discusses:

  • how you can work effectively with designers and developers (and warning signs to watch for)
  • choices you'll have to make between different technologies
  • how security now plays a part in marketing and in improving your users' experience
  • common mistakes you need to avoid

£5 for adults, £3 for concessions (ex. VAT)

Please book your place via Eventbrite.

Arthur Wing Pinero and The Early Musical Comedy Theatre

Wednesday 17 May, 10.30am to 4.45pm

Presented by the George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society.

Join us for a day of talks, songs and theatrical recreation to celebrate the work of the Victorian playwright Arthur Wing Pinero and his links with the musical comedy stage.

  • 10.30am to 11.30am an illustrated talk by Jenny Bloodworth on the work and career of Arthur Wing Pinero.

Jenny has made a special study of the Victorian stage and earned her PhD at Leicester University (which operates a Centre for Victorian Studies) with her study of the novelist/playwright Clotilda Graves. Jenny is a member of the Society for Theatre Research.

  • 11.30am to 12 noon coffee/tea break
  • 12 noon to 1pm  an illustrated talk by Ken Reeves on the musical comedy actor W H Berry.

Berry had a lengthy career on the musical stage and was the leading male actor in the late 1910s adaptations of Pinero's work for the musical comedy theatre.

  • 1pm to 2pm lunch break(lunch is not provided, please bring a packed lunch or eat out nearby)
  • 2pm to 4.45pm a recreation (with a coffee/tea break between the acts of the recreation) of The Boy which was based on Pinero's stage work The Magistrate. The Boy ran successfully for 801 performances from September 1917 until August 1919. The six singing parts will be sung by specialist singers. Audience members will be able to join in the choruses and the reading of character parts.

The event is free but a donation of £5 is suggested.

Please book your place via Eventbrite 

Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Regular events

Event Time / date Information
Drop-in business advice sessions Monthly Business advice sessions with business consultant, Colin Rutt. View details about the session on Eventbrite.
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Mondays, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Speak to staff to book your free 30-minute session on using email, booking tickets or shopping online, completing forms and applications online, using the online library and Westminster libraries' online resources, using Microsoft Office, and using smartphones, kindles and tablets.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt drop-in sessions Every fortnight on Tuesdays Free 30-minute sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice and, if necessary, further appointments for follow-up work. Bookings can only be made in person on the day at 1.15pm, for a maximum of 6 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Salon for the City: London at the library Last Thursday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Event series taking a look at London through a different lens each month. For more information, please view the Salon for the City website.

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. View library contact details and opening hours

Exhibition space hire

To hire the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library, please contact Rossella Black on rblack1@westminster.gov.uk, 020 7641 5250 or 07940 146681. View Facebook for more information

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Drawings by Kim L Pace and Nicholas Pace

19 to 29 April 2017

Kim L Pace presents a selection of book-page drawings and limited edition artist books. The books often relate to ideas and non-linear narratives that have appeared in her sculptural installations. Early subjects include extreme emotions that are difficult to articulate – such as how it feels to fall in love (Love Bites), or the tragic loss of young life through absurd means, such as ‘girl chokes to death on lunch’ or ‘boy killed by falling conker’ (The Book of Terrible Endings). Other books focus on people and places – ‘High Flyer’ imagines the last fatal flight of the aviatrix Amy Johnson, whilst ‘Dead Men Don’t Ski’ is set in a ski resort where nothing is, as it first seems. More recently, her books include more fantastical subjects, including a troupe of hair-covered, performing women and a pictorial re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, as told from the witch’s perspective.

Nicholas Pace’s drawings appear like faux old master drawings, made in white and red chalk on pink Ingres paper. These drawings are in the style of preparatory drawings for paintings. However, although the drawings are executed in the late 18th century/ early 19th century French academic style, this is subverted by the unexpected content. The academic style of drawing is usually used to draw the human figure, i.e. culturally important or ‘significant’ subjects. By contrast, in these drawings, objects of so-called ‘low’ cultural value are purposefully selected to counter the dry academic approach. The playful subject matter includes unlikely objects that could never have appeared in an old Master drawing. Techniques from the past are brought into the current day to reflect upon what we might consider ‘appropriate’ subjects for an artist to work with.

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Last updated: 24 April 2017
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