£1m revamp for former Carnegie Library building in Erith

An arts and culture centre set in an old library is set for a £1million renovation.

The Exchange, in Erith used to be known as Carnegie Library until it was transformed into a community arts space 18 months ago.

The renovations, which are anticipated to take place from September this year until February next, will restore the ground and first floors of the Old Library building to their former glory, centred around an events area for local concerts, exhibitions, markets and festivals.

The new works will also make the full building accessible to all, with a lift to all three floors.

The Old Library, which was built more than 100 years ago by local community makers, will be a permanent home to a series of textile, ceramic and printing workshops.

Erith resident Sarah Batten, co-director of The Exchange, said:  “At this very uncertain and challenging time for so many British towns, in which so many are fearful of losing their identity and sense of purpose, we are excited to be progressing with this next stage of works to the Old Library to give Erith something exciting to look forward to in the coming months and years.

“The Exchange is building a new beating heart for Erith – one that all local people can get involved with – and that injects positive energy, skills and a genuine sense of pride and community into the area.”

Pictured top: The Exchange team, in Erith

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