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Old Library Redevelopment Plans

The transformation of the historic Old Library in Newbury to create a permanent home for creative wellbeing and participation opportunities and a studio theatre, is underway. Greenham Trust, who own the building and will be leasing it to the Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust, have begun some exterior work to weatherproof the building before winter.

Originally a Carnegie Library, the building was opened in 1905-6. Built with money donated by Scottish American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and by public subscription it was designed by the Newbury Borough Surveyor and built by local builders. It operated as Newbury Library until 2000, so for almost 100 years formed an important part of the social fabric of our town. The Corn Exchange will be repurposing and returning this beautiful local heritage building to the community, transforming it to become a new arts hub for Newbury.

Taking part in creative and cultural activities is well documented as having a positive impact on health and wellbeing, and when complete the Old Library will provide dedicated engagement spaces and a new studio theatre which will enable us to continue and expand this area of our work which currently takes place in over-crowded and unsuitable temporary accommodation.

Please keep an eye on our website for updates on the project. We will be launching a fundraising campaign this winter to help us raise the remaining funds, but in the meantime please contact Ruth Stillman, Head of Development on [email protected] if you would like further information about the capital fundraising campaign.

Listen to our Director Jessica Jhundoo-Evans chat to Paul Walters all about the redevelopment on Kennet Radio at 1:12:55 here.