Library visitors explore the county’s dialect with exhibition

This story was published 24 January 2023

An innovative project led by North Yorkshire’s library service has culminated in creative exhibitions celebrating Yorkshire’s rich dialects.

A group of people at the library event

Last year, the library service secured funding from the Arts Council and the Dialect and Heritage Project to run a series of workshops with hard to reach residents. With added funding from the county council, it totalled £12,000.

The Ey Up! Project involved young people, military veterans and those with mental health issues. Library staff worked with one of these audiences and a single artist over four weekly workshops.

Residents are now being encouraged to visit the exhibitions in Bentham, Catterick, Knaresborough, Scarborough and Selby libraries.

Executive member for libraries, Cllr Greg White, said: “We have received great feedback from those who took part in the sessions as well as the artists. It offered a chance to celebrate Yorkshire’s rich dialects and increase awareness of local history.

“We have been very impressed with the amount of work that has gone into the exhibitions. It’s another new project that our libraries have been involved with which has encouraged new visitors through the doors.”

Scarborough library held workshops with participants from the Mencap charity led by print artist Dawn Brooks.

Creative writing workshops were hosted by artist Andy Craven-Griffiths, in partnership with Pioneer Projects, at Bentham library and Orb mental health charity at Knaresborough library.

The library service worked alongside artist Suzie Devey and ex-service personnel in Catterick library and Horton Housing in Selby library, and rap artist James Koppert worked with young people in the Scarborough area.

The exhibitions will be on display until the end of February. See details of opening hours and library contacts.