Anger at writer exhibit while library faces axe

Anger at writer exhibit while library faces axe

Anger at writer exhibit while library faces axe

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

CAMPAIGNERS have criticised Southampton culture chiefs for welcoming an exhibition of pictures of inspirational writers while shutting a city library.

Southampton is to host the touring display featuring a world-famous portrait of William Shakespeare never before seen outside London.

The Chandos portrait, named after a previous owner, is usually housed in the National Portrait Gallery and is considered to be the only portrait of Shakespeare painted from life.

But the announcement of the exhibition, titled Writers of Influence: Shakespeare to JK Rowling, comes as Tory councillors voted to shut a library on the Millbrook estate.

Labour libraries spokesman Councillor Derek Burke said: “It just shows they are not thinking straight. It’s sound a great exhibition but then they’re going to close a library where people have got a chance to learn about and read the works of these writers.

Once it’s gone it’s very difficult to get them back.”

Lib Dem campaigner David Callaghan added: “It is really ironic that this exhibition is coming to the city at a time when Millbrook Library is set to close.

“It shows once again how short-sighted the Conservatives are. How will closing a library help the education of children in Southampton?”

Tory cabinet member for culture John Hannides said: “Southampton City Council is delighted that the ‘Chandos’ portrait of William Shakespeare is coming to the City’s Art Gallery.

"This is an extraordinary painting and we hope that it encourages many more visitors to Southampton’s Art Gallery and enjoy not only this work but the many impressive artworks we have on display."

He said the library had to be demolished to make way for the redevelopment of the Cumbrian Way shopping parade.

A mobile library would be brought in while ten maisonettes, ten shops, and offices are knocked down to make way for 56 houses and flats.

He said a survey found a library was not a high priority for Millbrook residents but pledged to consult them again about putting a library in one of four new shop units.

The painting will be included in an exhibition of 61 writers’ portraits throughout the ages.

The exhibition will feature portraits of Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, John Lennon, JK Rowling and David Bowie.

It opens at Southampton City Art Gallery on July 23.

Comments (19)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:35am Sun 21 Feb 10

Brite Spark says...

"hands of are libary!"
"hands of are libary!" Brite Spark
  • Score: 0

9:42am Sun 21 Feb 10

Uncle Chuffnuts says...

I wonder whose portraits of the great inspirational writers of the present day will hang on those walls in 50 years time? The autobiographical achievements of Katie Price, Ant and Dec, Posh and Becks, Alan Titchmarsh?
I wonder whose portraits of the great inspirational writers of the present day will hang on those walls in 50 years time? The autobiographical achievements of Katie Price, Ant and Dec, Posh and Becks, Alan Titchmarsh? Uncle Chuffnuts
  • Score: 0

10:19am Sun 21 Feb 10

southy says...

Uncle Chuffnuts wrote:
I wonder whose portraits of the great inspirational writers of the present day will hang on those walls in 50 years time? The autobiographical achievements of Katie Price, Ant and Dec, Posh and Becks, Alan Titchmarsh?
lol

“It shows once again how short-sighted the Conservatives are. How will closing a library help the education of children in Southampton?”
the tory's all ways have been short sighted, they work on the short term ( the quick buck ). they are unable to see into the future, and unable to do some thing for the long term. thats why this country in such a mess.
[quote][p][bold]Uncle Chuffnuts[/bold] wrote: I wonder whose portraits of the great inspirational writers of the present day will hang on those walls in 50 years time? The autobiographical achievements of Katie Price, Ant and Dec, Posh and Becks, Alan Titchmarsh?[/p][/quote]lol “It shows once again how short-sighted the Conservatives are. How will closing a library help the education of children in Southampton?” the tory's all ways have been short sighted, they work on the short term ( the quick buck ). they are unable to see into the future, and unable to do some thing for the long term. thats why this country in such a mess. southy
  • Score: 0

10:39am Sun 21 Feb 10

Lone Ranger says...

I dont see that Tact and Diplomacy are top of the Tory attributes......if they have any
I dont see that Tact and Diplomacy are top of the Tory attributes......if they have any Lone Ranger
  • Score: 0

12:01pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Condor Man says...

Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit? Condor Man
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Sun 21 Feb 10

My View from the Hill says...

They should do in Millbrook what they plan to do in Thornhill.

The plan of the council is, when the redevelopment of the Hinkler Parade takes place the library will shut, it will open again when the community centre is built on the site, in the community centre you will have the local housing office, health projects offices and library, the library will be run by volunteer's.
They should do in Millbrook what they plan to do in Thornhill. The plan of the council is, when the redevelopment of the Hinkler Parade takes place the library will shut, it will open again when the community centre is built on the site, in the community centre you will have the local housing office, health projects offices and library, the library will be run by volunteer's. My View from the Hill
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Sun 21 Feb 10

goard says...

Most times a demolition or closing down of important facilities, especially for units, shops, flats, I feel its an almost vindictive attitude towards the public. They feel frustrated that many of us do not agree with their quality and structure of a 'New Southampton' that they think of us of little importance. 'Kick them in the crotch and they will shut up'. Nearly every building erected is of a short duration, almost like a lego - can be pulled down easily in 50 years time - make it flashy and the kids will think our taste is a wow factor.

goard
Most times a demolition or closing down of important facilities, especially for units, shops, flats, I feel its an almost vindictive attitude towards the public. They feel frustrated that many of us do not agree with their quality and structure of a 'New Southampton' that they think of us of little importance. 'Kick them in the crotch and they will shut up'. Nearly every building erected is of a short duration, almost like a lego - can be pulled down easily in 50 years time - make it flashy and the kids will think our taste is a wow factor. goard goard
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Sun 21 Feb 10

southy says...

the population in this part of millbrook housing estate is a lot larger than bittern park, and if you add up the total council tax that is taken from each area this part of millbrook pays a lot more than the whole of bittern park
there will not be additional shops in cumbrian way there going to be less 10 shopping units at the moment they first said 5 and now 4 its going down.
they should just leave it alone has it is all 10 shops are in use. the last vacant shop in redbridge has just been taken up and you are talking about the largest ward in southampton. it has 6 shopping centres left out of 9 that use to be here.
if they want to build more houses how about if they bought up a few houses in bittern park and build there. some of those homes in this area take up the space of 4 homes.
the population in this part of millbrook housing estate is a lot larger than bittern park, and if you add up the total council tax that is taken from each area this part of millbrook pays a lot more than the whole of bittern park there will not be additional shops in cumbrian way there going to be less 10 shopping units at the moment they first said 5 and now 4 its going down. they should just leave it alone has it is all 10 shops are in use. the last vacant shop in redbridge has just been taken up and you are talking about the largest ward in southampton. it has 6 shopping centres left out of 9 that use to be here. if they want to build more houses how about if they bought up a few houses in bittern park and build there. some of those homes in this area take up the space of 4 homes. southy
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Iw61 says...

Condor Man wrote:
Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!!
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?[/p][/quote]Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!! Iw61
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Sun 21 Feb 10

southy says...

Iw61 wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!!
iw6 i coming to the idea we are dealing with young adults, they seem to have not a clue what is really going on, and just going on the belief what there parents have brainwashed into them. you know the sort of idea like what bush said greed is good when its not its only good for the wealthy and they need there sheep to belive in it, and is the worse thing for ordinary people.
[quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?[/p][/quote]Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!![/p][/quote]iw6 i coming to the idea we are dealing with young adults, they seem to have not a clue what is really going on, and just going on the belief what there parents have brainwashed into them. you know the sort of idea like what bush said greed is good when its not its only good for the wealthy and they need there sheep to belive in it, and is the worse thing for ordinary people. southy
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Get it right says...

Brite Spark wrote:
"hands of are libary!"
Perhaps you should have spent more time in the library while you had it - it should be "our" library...
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: "hands of are libary!"[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have spent more time in the library while you had it - it should be "our" library... Get it right
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Condor Man says...

Iw61 wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!!
What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor.
[quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?[/p][/quote]Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!![/p][/quote]What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor. Condor Man
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Iw61 says...

Condor Man wrote:
Iw61 wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!!
What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor.
Technically its probably on the edge of both areas. Cobbett Road counts as BP in my view.
Its the SO18 postcode which is for Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Chartwell Green, Townhill Park, Southampton Airport.
its the Library Bitterne Park residents are likely to use.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?[/p][/quote]Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!![/p][/quote]What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor.[/p][/quote]Technically its probably on the edge of both areas. Cobbett Road counts as BP in my view. Its the SO18 postcode which is for Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Chartwell Green, Townhill Park, Southampton Airport. its the Library Bitterne Park residents are likely to use. Iw61
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Condor Man says...

Iw61 wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
Iw61 wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?
Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!!
What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor.
Technically its probably on the edge of both areas. Cobbett Road counts as BP in my view. Its the SO18 postcode which is for Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Chartwell Green, Townhill Park, Southampton Airport. its the Library Bitterne Park residents are likely to use.
and if you live in Townhill it's no further to travel to either that library or the one in Portswood than it would be for any resident of Millbrook to go to Lordshill or Shirley.
[quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Given that there are big libraries in Lordshill AND Shirley I can't see the fuss myself. Some areas, like Bitterne Park (where people pay higher council tax) have no such facilities. If you look at the service spread there is too much of a Test bias. Given that there will be additional shop units in the new Cumbrian Way development perhaps the Lib Dem candidate will chip in and pay the £10k or so a year it will cost to rent the unit?[/p][/quote]Bitterne Park has a library dimwit!![/p][/quote]What? the one on Bitterne Road near the station? That's technically in Bitterne Manor.[/p][/quote]Technically its probably on the edge of both areas. Cobbett Road counts as BP in my view. Its the SO18 postcode which is for Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Chartwell Green, Townhill Park, Southampton Airport. its the Library Bitterne Park residents are likely to use.[/p][/quote]and if you live in Townhill it's no further to travel to either that library or the one in Portswood than it would be for any resident of Millbrook to go to Lordshill or Shirley. Condor Man
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Iw61 says...

Point is its wrong to say Bitterne Park hasnt a library.
Ask BP residents. If they are users they will say its in Cobbett Road.
Point is its wrong to say Bitterne Park hasnt a library. Ask BP residents. If they are users they will say its in Cobbett Road. Iw61
  • Score: 0

9:38pm Sun 21 Feb 10

Condor Man says...

regardless of which area it is in there are thousands of people in Southampton who don't have immediate access to libraries. There is always the mobile library to serve the estate however.

This Mr Callaghan seems to be capitalising on one issue, I imagine he'll be on a par with his namesake if ever elected.
regardless of which area it is in there are thousands of people in Southampton who don't have immediate access to libraries. There is always the mobile library to serve the estate however. This Mr Callaghan seems to be capitalising on one issue, I imagine he'll be on a par with his namesake if ever elected. Condor Man
  • Score: 0

6:38am Mon 22 Feb 10

Brite Spark says...

Get it right wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
"hands of are libary!"
Perhaps you should have spent more time in the library while you had it - it should be "our" library...
"There's always one who nibbles! ... ... ... ..."
[quote][p][bold]Get it right[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: "hands of are libary!"[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should have spent more time in the library while you had it - it should be "our" library...[/p][/quote]"There's always one who nibbles! ... ... ... ..." Brite Spark
  • Score: 0

11:38am Mon 22 Feb 10

goard says...

So SCC are delighted. We the public are not. There are so many of us that enjoy the chance to enjoy the services of a libary - I am always suspicious that this is the thin end of a wedge - I wonder why? is it because they have spiked our wishes for a decade. It just goes to show they have a determination to do what they want to do and be damned with City folk.

goard
So SCC are delighted. We the public are not. There are so many of us that enjoy the chance to enjoy the services of a libary - I am always suspicious that this is the thin end of a wedge - I wonder why? is it because they have spiked our wishes for a decade. It just goes to show they have a determination to do what they want to do and be damned with City folk. goard goard
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Mon 22 Feb 10

thebloke says...

John Hannides is lost to Southampton. He has torn up his roots for his dream in London. Just as John Denham did before him. The people of Southampton are just stepping stones to further their careers. I feel sorry for his family in that they have lost a son who should understand where his priorities lie.

Every library costs less than one bean counting executive that the SCC employ. Everytime a library is under threat sack one and keep the books.

By definition they presume that the people in bitterne who use libraries do not work and can wait for a library like you can for a bus.

This Tory cabinet is so far adrift from popular support as to be no more use to Southampton than a Titanic museum.

They must be held to account by the councillors we voted in and removed of the ability to make decisions against the wishes of the people of Southampton.
John Hannides is lost to Southampton. He has torn up his roots for his dream in London. Just as John Denham did before him. The people of Southampton are just stepping stones to further their careers. I feel sorry for his family in that they have lost a son who should understand where his priorities lie. Every library costs less than one bean counting executive that the SCC employ. Everytime a library is under threat sack one and keep the books. By definition they presume that the people in bitterne who use libraries do not work and can wait for a library like you can for a bus. This Tory cabinet is so far adrift from popular support as to be no more use to Southampton than a Titanic museum. They must be held to account by the councillors we voted in and removed of the ability to make decisions against the wishes of the people of Southampton. thebloke
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree