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Reflections - by Lachlan Mackinnon

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 31st July 2015

'On my way here, I read Joanne Limburg’s terrific new novel, A Want of Kindness, about Queen Anne. Quite apart from lighting up a patch of history I knew nothing about, the novel so engrossed me that I felt I was travelling through a much older country. I was therefore briefly startled by how much Gladstone’s Library is a child of his century...'



Founder's Day 2015 - watch the video

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 24th July 2015

Loyd Grossman takes the chair for our Annual Gladstone Lecture as our multi-talented panel discuss whether the Library currently demonstrates the same enthusiasm for spirituality, literary culture and political discourse as the Grand Old Man himself.

Our panellists answer the question 'Does the Library remain truly ‘Gladstonian’ today?


A Walk in the Woods - a blog by Chaplain, Penelope Duckworth

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 23rd July 2015

One of the many joys of being at Gladstone's Library, where I have come to serve two months as Chaplain, is to go for a walk through the Gladstone estate, which the family kindly offers to the public and gives further access (with an available pass) to Residents of the Library.



George Osborne visits Gladstone's Library

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 17th July 2015

George Osborne visits the Library of his most famous predecessor, who delivered 12 budgets over his long political career and whose budget box he used himself upon delivering his first. 




Theologian in Residence: Justin Lewis-Anthony reflects on his longest visit yet.

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 10th July 2015

Monday 29th June 2015, Gladstone’s Library

The Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony, Ph. D., is currently the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, where he joined in August 2013. He is also a regular contributor on church and state matters for The Guardian newspaper.



Shortlist for our 2016 Writers in Residence programme announced

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 09th July 2015

Gladstone’s Library has revealed the 10 books shortlisted for its successful Writers in Residence programme.

Now into its fifth year, the prize was established by Gladstone’s Library in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me) to explore and define liberal values in the twenty-first century.

The shortlist is made up of novels, poetry and creative non-fiction that, in the eyes of the shortlisters, best represent some of the most creative writing in the world today.



In Conversation with the Chair of Trustees, Michael Wheeler

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 03rd July 2015

Last month Gladstone’s Library welcomed in its new Chair of Trustees, Professor Michael Wheeler.

Just after his first Management Committee as Chairman, we talked to Michael to find out about his background, his involvement with the library over time and to get his first words as the new Chair “who just happens to have been around here for four decades…”