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Our Friends sign-up regulations are changing

by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 17th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note that the sign-up regulations for Friends of the Library are changing. 

Following advice from our insurers, Gladstone’s Library is now only able to accept Friend applications from individuals in Year 12 and above. As the Reading Rooms at Gladstone’s Library are unstaffed after 5pm, unfortunately individuals under this age are not permitted to remain in this unsupervised area due to safeguarding issues. 

    Reading Rooms closure: 9th - 11th June

    by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 16th May 2017 | 0 Comments

    Please note, the Reading Rooms will be closed from 5pm on 9th June - 2pm on 11th June for our Alibis in the Archive event.

      Interview: Fierce Imaginings with Rachel Mann

      by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 09th May 2017 | 0 Comments

      Rachel Mann has worked as Teaching Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Lancaster University and holds qualifications in Theology and Creative Writing / English Literature. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties and has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and is a regular contributor to the Church Times. Rachel has published three books; Fierce Imaginings, Dazzling Darkness and The Risen Dust as well as contributing to many others. 

        Voting: A blog by Warden Peter Francis

        by Amy Sumner | Monday, 08th May 2017 | 0 Comments

        A visitor to the Library has just shown me a glass plate made in 1869 to celebrate Gladstone being elected as Prime Minister. It is embossed with the slogan ‘Gladstone for the Million’, which is simply a way of saying ‘for the many’. It is just one of the many commemorative plates, jugs, cups and even chamber pots that were made in honour of Gladstone and offer striking testimony to his popularity.

          Gladstone's Library in the New York Times!

          by Amy Sumner | Monday, 08th May 2017 | 0 Comments

          Gladstone's Library is delighted to have been featured in the New York Times (both online and in the physical paper!) in this wonderful piece about what Gladstone’s Library stands for. The title of the piece is ‘A Refuge for Liberal Values Beneath a Stern Victorian Gaze’...

            Friends priority booking for Gladfest now open!

            by Amy Sumner | Friday, 05th May 2017 | 0 Comments

            We are delighted to open Gladfest priority booking for Friends!

            Gladfest takes place here at Gladstone’s Library 1st – 3rd September and we have some exciting names for the festival's fifth birthday...

              Special offer: dinner bed and breakfast, and a talk!

              by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 04th May 2017 | 0 Comments

              Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014 and is our May Political Writer in Residence. On Tuesday, 9th May Caroline discusses The Day Parliament Burned Down in the great fire of 1834 in an evening talk in our beautiful Gladstone Room.

                Do you know our next Writer in Residence?

                by Amy Sumner | Friday, 28th April 2017 | 0 Comments

                We’re approaching the deadline for submissions for our 2018 Writers in Residence and Politics in Residence programmes, from which a selection of the best contemporary authors and political writers will be chosen to reside at Gladstone’s Library to focus on their current projects.

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