Education has always been our guiding principle.

The Lit & Phil maintains its mission as a place of learning. We have 170,000 books, and as a public building these are accessible to all. We have always had an extensive and varied lecture programme. We offer a variety of classes to extend knowledge.


Reflections of Newcastle 1914 - 1918

We have developed iBooks which explore the cultural, intellectual and social life of Newcastle during the first world war. The iBooks feature city walks that start and end at the Lit & Phil.

Download the iBook onto an iPad or come to the Lit & Phil and borrow some for your school group. Reflections of Newcastle combines intimate storytelling with a rich collection of archive material. The stories uncover Newcastle life during the war, including the experiences of recruits, returning officers and those left at home.

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We welcome school parties - the photo shows pupils from St Catherines Primary School enjoying the iBook.


Creative Journeys – The Lit & Phil and Newcastle Bridges School

We also work with groups who may not usually fnd their way to the Lit & Phil. In the Summer we came to the end of the second year working with Newcastle Bridges School on the Creative Journeys project. The aim is to engage young people with the Lit & Phil via the creative arts. Coordinated by November Club and working in the main with printmaker Theresa Easton,  but also with a photographer and a writer, the young people have explored the building, uncovered the history of the Society and used the collections.

Matthew Hickey, Deputy Head of the Bridges School, says of the project ’The opportunity for the students to explore a cultural resource as vast and as diverse as the Lit & Phil provided them with not only limitless inspiration for creative projects, but also built confidence and self-esteem, as well as a sense of local pride.

The association between the Newcastle Bridges School, November Club and the Lit & Phil soon began to bear fruit, and the sessions quickly became one the most popular enrichment activities on offer amongst the students. The success of the endeavour thus far would lead me to hold considerable optimism for our future work together. ‘


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As a member you can borrow most books published after 1850 (but not all at once). You can also access wi-fi in the Library and benefit from priority booking at some events. By joining the Lit & Phil, you are also supporting this wonderful institution, so thank you!

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