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Exploring Mindfulness - 25 Oct

Co-ordinated by Avril Robarts, this exploration is for anyone interested, whether already practicing mindfulness or not. There is no focus on any particular belief or philosophy, just an exploration of techniques and a sharing of ideas. ..
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Fun Palaces - 04 Oct

Stories, poetry, creative writing, mystery plays, storytelling marathon and Consequences with a Twist... it must be Fun Palaces at Gladstone's Library. ..
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The Quest for the Original John - 15 Sep

Kalyan Dey tries to uncover the original writer of the gospel of John and to reveal his message and his purpose in writing.....
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What's happening at Gladstone's Library

At  Gladstone's Library, we have an evolving programme of courses and events that keep us connected with a wide range of writers and thinkers – see our programme brochure for full details and below to see some of the highlights coming up soon.

We are opening doors to our closed access!

Visit us this Saturday (September 20) to mark this September's Open Doors event run by Cadw. 

Join one of our 25 minute tours at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm or 4pm and learn about Gladstone himself and the library he founded, as well as seing rare and fascinating books on our shelves. 

You’ll also go behind the scenes in ‘Closed Access’, as we open the doors on the 8,500 books in our collection printed before 1800, with some books as old as the 1400s! 

Come along and see the collection as it is rarely seen – you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover…

Open Doors offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history.

Find out more here

Have you seen our aerial video courtesy of Skyquad? This incredible video shows the exterior of Gladstone's Library in all its glory. Enjoy!

We hope that you didn't miss our Warden, Peter Francis on Radio 4 Midweek where he spoke about our favourite 'health spa of the mind' with Sir Richard Eyre, Andrew Fusek Peters, Abbie Ross and Libby Purves. If you did, don't worry we have a link to it here.

Fun Palaces

During the weekend of October 4 and 5, Gladstone's Library will become a Fun Palace!

Along with more than 150 venues across the UK and beyond, the library will become a hub of activity and it's all for FREE!

Gladstone's Library will be offering a range of events on Saturday, 4 October:

There will be a STORY CAFÉ with Lisa Rossetti, two Micro Plays theatre workshops with Chester Micro Plays, a game of Consequences with a Twist with not one, not two, but FOURTEEN former Writers in Residence, and a Storytelling marathon which Gladstone's Library needs YOU to join in with

For more information about our Fun Palaces activities, call 01244 532350, email us or click here! For more information about Fun Palaces click here.


Join us for a micro literary festival where you can choose the events that you would like to attend, have dinner with Gladstone’s writers in residence and then gather round the hearth for stimulating and entertaining conversation.

Be prepared to be enthralled and informed.  

To find out more click here.

 Gladstone’s Library is one of a kind – a residential meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions as well as to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.


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Historian Peter Hennessy talks about the UK constitution&mentions William Gladstone.Listen from 02:13:37. @BBCr4today
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RT @louisayates: Looking forward to this weekend: #TheGoodLife at @HawardenEstate and #OpenDoors @gladlib #sixmilesfromChester
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No one ever became great except through many and great mistakes. William Gladstone #williamgladstone #gladlib
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