Comedian Alexander Armstrong launches Newcastle Lit & Phil appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:46 24 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:05 20 February 2013

Comedian Alexander Armstrong

Comedian Alexander Armstrong

The Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society has launched an appeal to help secure its future. Sponsored by investment managers Brewin Dolphin, the appeal was launched by comedian Alexander Armstrong at a prestigious event attended by 150 guests

The Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society has launched an appeal to help secure its future. Sponsored by investment managers Brewin Dolphin, the appeal was launched by comedian Alexander Armstrong at a prestigious event attended by 150 guests.


The Lit and Phil, as it is affectionately known, plans to create a ground floor caf and to modernise its meeting rooms, to develop a core lecture and events programme, improve the learning environment it offers, improve physical access to the building and fund an ongoing programme of repair and essential maintenance.


The library was founded in 1793 and is the largest independent library outside London, with a collection of more than150,000 books, including a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction alongside historic novels covering every field of interest. Its music library is without equal in the North of England and includes 8,000 CDs and 10,000 LPs.


It hosts numerous lectures, concerts and theatrical events.


Alexander Armstrong, who was born in Rothbury, Northumberland and is best known as one of the popular TV series duo Armstrong and Miller, has become patron of the society.


Brewin Dolphin, which also dates back to the 18th Century, is one of Britains largest independent private client investment managers, with offices across the UK, including Newcastle.


The Lit and Phils Grade 11 listed building at Westgate Road, Newcastle, was opened in 1825 and the magnificent reading rooms are largely unchanged. Anyone is welcome to visit the library and browse through the collections. For information ring 0191 232 0192.

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