Wash Your Words

Wash Your Words

The concept

The concept of Wash Your Words: Langdale Library and Laundry Room initially came from a previous LeftCoast project in the area, called Mereside at Play. Through funding from BetterStart, we were undertaking a programme of creative engagement around the development of green spaces in the neighbourhood.

We began to hear information about the want for easily accessible washing facilities in the area.  This made us wonder if it was possible to build a version of a modern day wash house – somewhere people could come together to wash clothes, but also chat, share wisdom and tell stories. 

In the summer of 2019, we commissioned Fylde Repair Café to pop up in various locations around the neighbour to test the theory.

Wash Your Words logo. Three coloured books stacked together with the front of a washing machine on the book cover
Wash Your Words

Wash Your Words

Langdale Library & Laundry Room

Fast forward 3 years, and one global pandemic, and we are now at the stage where we are in partnership with Blackpool Council’s library service and Blackpool Costal Housing. We have acquired an empty office space in the main parade of shops and we are well on the way to building a new space with the community.

We have to questioned and designed a space that explores what role a multipurpose build embedded in a community could hold. A space built on what people want and deserve, thoughtfully and beautifully designed in collaboration with architects Lee Ivett and Ecaterina Stefanescu who both lecturer at UCLan’s Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture.

It is not only testing a community ownership model but testing how we share facilities for both environmental and economic benefit.

We are open!

Our Wash Your Words: Langdale Library and Laundry Room open day was a huge success. 

Thank you to everyone who came down and had a go at our sock puppet and book bag making workshops. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! 

The new library and laundry room is officially open:

Monday: 10am – 1pm

Tuesday: 10am – 1pm

Wednesday: WORKSHOP DAY*

Thursday: 1pm – 5pm

Friday: 1pm – 5pm

*Our Neighbourhood Producer Catherine Peters will use the space every Wednesday between 1pm – 4.30pm where she’ll be commissioning artist workshops for those local to the area. 

Pop on down and see who is in the space! More details can be found on our website and the blackboard outside.

Join the Laundry Room Club

The Laundry Room is a project for the community of Mereside.

Joining the Laundry Room Club and using the machines for family laundry is free. All we ask in return is that you look after your machines and treat them as an extension of your own home.

If you would like to join, please email and we can arrange an induction session.

(We do have limited places on this induction pilot, and so there may be a reserve list if all the spaces are taken).

Mereside’s community space, Wash Your Words: Langdale Library & Laundry Room, is based on Langdale Parade, Langdale Road in Blackpool (FY4 4TR).

Wash Your Words News

Wash Your Words library and laundry room Lee and Ecaterina

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Crowd of people clapping in a library

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