The Kittiwake Trust

Multilingual Library

our patron

After the library had been running a few months, we approached Professor David Crystal, author of over a hundred books on language, to ask if he would be our Patron.

He agreed enthusiastically.

He visited the library in April 2016 and gave a talk that is available here

We are indebted to Professor Crystal for his continuing support and advice.

His website is here

the kittiwake trust

The Multilingual Library is a project of the Kittiwake Trust,  registered charity 1165318.

You can find more information about the Trust and the Trustees here

our philosophy

There is no such thing as a foreign language, just languages you don't understand.

Words are vitally important.

We never say 'asylum seekers' -

If they need defining further than human beings or refugees we use

the term 'asylum applicants'.

Feel the difference.

Words like 'diversity' suggest the opposite.

We are all notes in a melody that resounds around the globe.


We have moved from the lovely spaces we have occupied in 

Eldon Garden for the past 5 1/2 years. 

As soon as we know our re-opening date and location we'll let you know.

You can keep up to date on Facebook for any news and changes.

In the meantime, please be patient, it is hard to find

3000 square feet but we hope we'll be there soon.

Black History Month

The latest newsletter is here

The Summer number is available here

Our Spring newsletter is available here