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De-accessioning in Stephen Gladstone Hall

by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 09th July 2019 | 0 Comments

Gladstone’s Library is embarking on a 24-month deaccessioning project on a section of its collections. This is the first review of the Library’s collections since 2008-10. Collection use and user demographic has changed rapidly in the past five years and the Library now has collection use data which can help it make decisions.


Muriel Maufroy: Community book stall

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 05th July 2019 | 0 Comments

As many of you will know a dear friend of Gladstone's Library, Muriel Maufroy, passed away in 2017. Muriel's family kindly deposited much of Muriel's personal library to us, and many of the volumes have now been added to our collections for the benefit of all.


Gladstone’s Library as a flexible space

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 28th June 2019 | 0 Comments

We can be quite traditional here at Gladstone’s Library: the Reading Rooms are silent study areas; we don’t allow food near the books; and ‘No, we won’t let you take that rare and precious Gladstone Foundation Collection book home with you tonight, Sir - we are not a lending library!’ In other ways though, we like to think of ourselves as quite innovative.



    Accessing our online library catalogue – service update (w/c 24th June)

    by Amy Sumner | Monday, 24th June 2019 | 0 Comments

    Gladstone’s Library is currently undergoing an upgrade of its online catalogue, MainCAT, as well as the database of Gladstone’s books and annotations, GladCAT. Both catalogues may be unavailable at unscheduled times during the coming week while these upgrades take place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. 


      300 years of Welsh history: 1719, 1819 & 1919

      by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 19th June 2019 | 0 Comments

      Wales is a small country with a big presence. Integral to the history of the British Isles and attracting tourists from all around the world, it should be hard to overlook the history of Cymru, however it is often wholly conflated with that of neighbouring England to its disservice. Gladstone’s Library is an international institution, but we are very proud of our Welsh location that was decided by our founder, the former Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, who was English but spent around 50 years with the Hawarden Estate as his family home.



        A day in the life of a Graduate Work Experience student

        by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 06th June 2019 | 0 Comments

        While it's totally cliché to say this, no two days are the same when it comes to being a Graduate Work Experience student (GWE) at Gladstone’s Library. However, the motions we go through are pretty similar, and always full of valuable experience!


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