Mrs Carnegie

Mrs Carnegie

2019 marks 100 years since the death of Andrew Carnegie, Scottish/American industrialist, one of the richest men in history and a leading philanthropist.

His special emphasis on local libraries is reflected in Keighley’s historic Carnegie Library, the first library in England to be funded by Carnegie with a grant of £10,000, opening in 1904.

But it was Andrew Carnegie’s wife, New York born Louise Whitfield Carnegie, who encouraged her husband to start giving away his fortune to build free public libraries.

To celebrate National Libraries week Keighley Local Studies Library is hosting a special theatrical performance by local playwright, actor and historian Irene Lofthouse.

Come along and hear the story of this remarkable woman and about the part played by the Carnegies in the history of Keighley’s library.

Keighley Local Studies Library
Saturday 12th October
10.30am – 12.00 noon

  • Free event
  • All welcome
  • Suitable for all ages

For more information contact the library on: 01535 618215 or email

Mrs Carnegie poster 1st draft copy


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