The Spark celebrates Diamond Pork Pie anniversary with Leicester libraries

Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:47

The Spark celebrates Diamond Pork Pie anniversary with Leicester libraries

This year The Spark is delighted to be celebrating a momentous year for Southfields Library. Andy Reeves, Artist in Residence at Southfields Library, is currently working on an exciting historical project to mark the famous 'Pork Pie' library's 75th birthday later this year.

A Grade II listed building, which was originally designed by local architects Symington Prince and Pyke, it bears a striking resemblance to the St Barnabas Road library in Leicester. Both buildings were thought to have been influenced by the Central Library in Stockholm and Arnos Green Tube Station in London.

Built in 1939, over the years the Pork Pie library has been at the heart of the local community, with thousands of people passing through its doors. Memories that have already been shared include using the library for wedding receptions, people having their new born babies weighed there, playing dare through the revolving doors and performing in Macbeth. The Spark wants to hear from people who have lived in the area over this time (whether it was fifty years ago or five years ago) and know what your recollections of the building are. What did you use the library for? Have you any favourite memories of the building? What does it mean to you?

Andy will be collating these thoughts and memories and putting them into a new piece of writing, which will be performed for the public at a special ceremony in January 2015 and then left as a permanent display within the library.

We are asking if people have any special memories of the Pork Pie library that they could share with usIf you have any thoughts, words and memories that could contribute to this project, please contact Andy Reeves on, call 07824 161455 or simply pop into Southfields Library and speak to a member of staff.

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