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@FunPalaces project becomes a reality through Essex libraries

14 Sep @FunPalaces project becomes a reality through Essex libraries

Libraries across Essex are set to become Fun Palaces this autumn.

Conceived in the 1960’s by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the Fun Palace was to be a building dedicated to the arts and sciences, a space where people could learn and have fun at the same time.

While the building never materialised, fast forward 55 years and the idea is going strong through the Fun Palace campaign, a project aiming to put culture at the heart of community, with an annual weekend of arts and science events created by, for and with local people.

This year for the first time a number of Essex Libraries will become Fun Palaces on Saturday 1st October.

Witham Library will be transformed with hands-on science and art activities for children and adults.

Based around the events of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, the day will see science experiments, craft projects and group activities aimed at children.

The day will run from 10am – 4pm and is free to attend, for more information contact Witham Library on 01376 519625 or email

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Libraries at Essex County Council said: “The Fun Palace concept is all about bringing together arts and science into a space that everyone can easily access, and libraries are the perfect place.

“The Fun Palace weekend is a great opportunity for local libraries to work with local people to share and learn new skills, get to know each other and most importantly have fun.”

For more information on the Fun Palace movement