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The latest news and views from Gladstone's Library.


Writing the Revolution

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 23rd February 2018 | 0 Comments

In this blog, intern Alex Locke writes about our latest History Room display for the month of March. The display focuses on how our collections at Gladstone's Library – some on display for the first time – can help illustrate one of the most tumultuous events in Western history – the French Revolution. Read on to find out more about how the printed word played a part in this extraordinary event, and how its influence impacted Gladstone's time as much as our own... 


From the Archives…Dossie Drew

by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 07th February 2018 | 0 Comments

Gladstone’s Library is delighted to introduce a new blog series entitled ‘From the Archives…’; a regular spotlight on some of the remarkable items we hold within our collections. The series will showcase a selection of our most weird, wonderful, and always fascinating holdings, so be sure to check back regularly for updates!


Inspirational books by inspirational women

by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 06th February 2018 | 0 Comments

On 6th February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. This gave 8.5 million women the vote (though it is important to note that this only represented 40% of the total population of women in the UK and it wasn’t until ten years later that women achieved full equality in voting rights).



Sophia, a poem

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 01st February 2018 | 0 Comments

Sophia (meaning ‘wisdom’ in Greek) was carved by sculpture and architectural stone carver Tom Waugh and has watched over the gardens at Gladstone's Library since 2010. Her four stone benches - Cariad (Love), Heddwch (Peace), Gwirionedd (Truth), and Cyfiawnder (Justice) - invite the thinker to idle and contemplate a-while.


Free Prosecco for Mothering Sunday - FULLY BOOKED

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 01st February 2018 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to be re-running last year’s successful Mother’s Day offer of a free glass of Prosecco or soft drink for all women joining us for Afternoon Tea on Mothering Sunday, 11th March.


Upcoming courses at Gladstone’s Library

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 01st February 2018 | 0 Comments

Each year we programme a range of exciting and diverse courses which can be enjoyed either as a resident, or a non-residential guest. There’s nothing like partaking in stimulating debate and discussion in the daytime and gathering for a glass of wine and social time around the fire each evening, before enjoying a tasty homecooked meal