The Gladstone Umbrella

The Gladstone Umbrella

Dear all,

We are very pleased to announce that the Gladstone Umbrella is set to return in October 2021!

Whether you’ve grown up with a love of history and Victoriana or you’re an academic with a penchant for the ‘Grand Old Man’, no matter your background the Gladstone Umbrella is the conference for you.

Mon 4th – Wed 6th October 2021

The course package includes the conference and full board, bed and breakfast

Single Ensuite                                                            £300.00     (Clergy/student/SOA £269)

Double/Twin ensuite – double occupancy           £480.00     (Clergy/student/SOA £442)

Double ensuite - single occupancy                        £350.00     (Clergy/student/SOA £312)

Day delegate                                                              £200.00     (Clergy/student/SOA £186)

You can book your stay by email: or by telephone 01244 532350 (please note: You can leave a message and we will call you back). Please note that the single ensuite rooms are limited.

The colloquium invites offers of papers on William Gladstone and the nineteenth century relating to politics, history and literature. In the past it has proved incredibly varied and we welcome all offers of papers for this year’s event, to be sent to David Brooks c/o Gill Wigglesworth.

Those presenting a paper will receive a discount of £20 off their package rate.

David Brooks was educated at Bedford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, of which he later became a Fellow. His doctoral thesis was on Gladstone’s Fourth Ministry, 1892-94, and his published works include The Destruction of Lord Rosebery, 1894-95 and The Age of Upheaval: Edwardian politics, 1899-1914. For most of his career he has taught in the School of History at Queen Mary University of London.

Delegate numbers will be strictly limited this year due to potential social distancing requirements so we are just offering 10 places initially, on a first come first served basis.  A 50% deposit will be required to confirm the booking.  We remain flexible with our cancellation policy due to COVID. As we have given you priority, as past guests, we would also appreciate it if you could indicate if you will not be attending so that we invite further guests.

If you did book last year and retained a deposit with us, please get in touch and we will transfer your deposit over to your booking this year.

We hope to hear from you soon and we look forward to welcoming you back to Gladstone’s Library for this very special event.