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De-accessioning in Stephen Gladstone Hall

by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 11th December 2018 | 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.

    The perfect winter getaway...

    by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 04th December 2018 | 0 Comments

    As winter is well underway and Christmas is just around the corner, you might be considering a last-minute winter getaway. You might be looking for a destination that boasts a warm and cosy atmosphere, with a log fire, tranquil surroundings and a suitably festive ambiance; a place where you can curl up in an armchair with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate (or mulled wine!), after a brisk winter’s walk in the countryside.

      Do your bit in a Christmas knit!

      by Amy Sumner | Monday, 03rd December 2018 | 0 Comments

      On Friday, 14th December the Gladstone’s Library team, along with thousands of people up and down the country, will start their day by pulling on a Christmas jumper for a great cause.

        NOT researching in Gladstone’s Library...

        by Amy Sumner | Monday, 26th November 2018 | 0 Comments

        You know that moment, when you really should be hard at work. When you really should be reading your way through a particularly dense chapter that is connected to the subject of your next book, with loads of footnotes and references which you have to laboriously work your way through, holding down the page number, consulting the back of the (heavy) book, with the name of the author, the publisher, the date of publication, and let’s face it, all the boring information you need. And your neck begins to ache, and you think you really must stretch your legs, at least stand up and take a turn along the shelves where the grass suddenly seems greener, and the books seem far more glamorous and fascinating. And so you do...

          Give the gift of Friendship this Christmas

          by Amy Sumner | Monday, 19th November 2018 | 0 Comments

          Introduce a Friend to the Gladstone’s Library family this Christmas and know that you are giving a gift which will make a difference and which will not sit, unused, on the shelf.

            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…

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