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On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 | 0 Comments

On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day our thoughts and prayers are with the Armenian people, both the diaspora and those living in Armenia today.

    Gladstone and the Romantics: our new April display

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

    Today when we consider the word ‘romantic’ we think of love and sentimentality, but the term ‘Romanticism’ had a much broader meaning, historically. Romanticism was a period which spanned the late 18th and early 19th centuries, emerging as a response to the disillusionment with the Enlightenment values of reason and order in the aftermath of the French Revolution of 1789. It covered a range of developments in art, literature, music and philosophy and William Gladstone himself would have been witness to its peak during his lifetime.





    Play time by Oliver Emanuel

    by Amy Sumner | Monday, 18th March 2019 | 0 Comments

    My two year old daughter has been with me at Gladstone’s for the past few days. Like any parent of a toddler will tell you, her desire for play is tireless. Tell me a story. Let’s go outside. Shall we dance? I’m a monster. Rrrr. There is seemingly no end to her enthusiasm and joy for making things up and mucking around.


    Susanna Forrest on walking

    by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 12th March 2019 | 0 Comments

    After a certain age your body lets you know that sitting for hours at a desk requires a degree of physical fitness. Via carpal tunnel, twanging hamstrings or a classic 'bad back', you discover that you are not, in fact, capable of eight hours on what the Germans call your 'sitzfleisch' or 'seat meat'. 


    Notice: May Bank Holidays

    by Amy Sumner | Monday, 11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

    Please be advised that on the May Bank Holidays (Monday, 6th & Monday, 27th May) the Reading Rooms will be closed to all but residents and no Glimpses will be running.


      Dragons at Gladstone’s Library!

      by Amy Sumner | Monday, 11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

      Here at Gladstone's Library we are preparing for dragons...

      On Tuesday, 12th March Gladstone’s Library will play host to an evening with playwright and March Writer in Residence, Oliver Emanuel. Oliver will deliver a talk on the art of writing without words, something he achieved with his play Dragon, where a young boy grieving over the death of his mother struggles to find the words to express himself and instead finds solace in a 10-foot dragon.


        W.E. Gladstone and nineteenth-century international law

        by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 06th March 2019 | 0 Comments

        This month’s display in our History Room focuses around William Gladstone and nineteenth-century international law. This is a large topic and this blog aims to add some extra details that unfortunately wouldn’t fit into the cabinet! 


          Sophie Mackintosh on finding a routine

          by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 06th March 2019 | 0 Comments

          One of the most beneficial parts about coming to Gladstone’s is the opportunity to be far away from your usual daily routine. It’s amazing how much energy and brain-space is freed up when you take away so many parts of every day life - cooking, cleaning, commuting, and even having a television.



          Sophie Mackintosh on making time to read

          by Amy Sumner | Monday, 25th February 2019 | 0 Comments

          Having never been a Writer in Residence before, I was extremely excited about the idea of getting an enormous amount of work done before having to head back to inconvenient ‘real life’. Write one book? The library is open from 9am to 10pm every day, after all - the problem will be writing too many books, if anything!


          Tales of the supernatural: the library’s hidden creature features!

          by Amy Sumner | Monday, 04th February 2019 | 0 Comments

          At Gladstone’s Library we rotate our History Room display every month to focus on an aspect of Gladstone the man, or our extensive library catalogue. This February I decided to give some of our lesser-known collections a little TLC by presenting a display on 'Tales of the Supernatural: The Library’s Hidden Creature Features!' Additionally, to give you all some extra background on this exciting topic, I’m writing this blog for our website.



          Mothering Sunday at Gladstone’s Library

          by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 30th January 2019 | 0 Comments

          Are you looking for that perfect spot for Sunday Lunch, or something a little lighter over the Mothering Sunday weekend? Look no further - Food for Thought has a whole weekend of dining planned for the occasion for families to enjoy tasty food in a relaxing setting.




          Hearth 2019 lineup announced and tickets go onsale!

          by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 08th January 2019 | 0 Comments

          We are delighted to announce the names of the four writers appearing at Hearth festival on Saturday, 2nd February. 

          The intimate writing festival hosted our cosy common room offers keen writers the opportunity to pick up hints and tips, and ask questions of published authors about their experiences. It also encourages any with an interest in the world of books to find out more about the writing and publishing process.