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Interview: Alan Cadwallader on Cracking the Monolith

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 09th November 2018 | 0 Comments

On Saturday, 10th November, Alan Cadwallader delivers this year’s Robinson-Spong public lecture, considering the challenge of material culture to metaphysical readings of the Bible.

    John Douglas – the man behind Gladstone’s Library

    by Amy Sumner | Friday, 26th October 2018 | 0 Comments

    Do you know the man behind the building of Gladstone’s Library? Possibly not. His name is John Douglas and he designed, during his life, more than 500 buildings. One of them was St Deiniol's Library, today known as Gladstone’s Library.

      Tales of Wonder and timeless tales of horror...

      by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 18th October 2018 | 0 Comments

      The month of Halloween is in full flow; the nights draw closer, the mornings mistier, and that black cat at the end of the street grows ever more ominous each time you pass. So, as every fancy dress lover’s favourite day of the year looms over us like a pumpkin-shaped apparition, there has never been a more appropriate time to look into the spookier side of our collections here at Gladstone’s Library…

        Benjamin Disraeli: Gladstone’s political nemesis

        by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 03rd October 2018 | 0 Comments

        Benjamin Disraeli, statesman of the conservative party, novelist, twice-serving Prime Minister and, of course, William Gladstone’s political foe.

          Edrychiad i fewn yr gasgliad Cymraeg / Looking into our Welsh collection

          by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 25th September 2018 | 0 Comments

          Although not Welsh himself, in 1894 William Ewart Gladstone decided to found his library across the Welsh border for good reason. The beautiful, remote countryside of Hawarden village, as well as nearby historic areas such as Ruthin and Mold, are steeped in culture and Welsh heritage. With an abundance of hills, forests and, of course, castles, as well as the mountain range of Snowdonia, Gladstone envisaged that rather than the congested streets of London, Liverpool or Manchester, North Wales would serve as the perfectly serene backdrop for his incredible legacy as well as provide the necessary air of tranquillity for study and contemplation.

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