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Hearth 2020 tickets now onsale

by Julia Kelly | Wednesday, 20th November 2019

We are delighted to announce the lineup for our 2020 Hearth festival which takes place on Saturday, 1st February in the cosy common room of our residential library. This intimate literary festival offers keen writers the opportunity to pick up hints and tips, and ask questions of published authors about their experiences. It also encourages anyone interested in the world of books to find out more about the writing and publishing process.




Do your bit in a Christmas knit!

by Julia Kelly | Monday, 03rd December 2018

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.


Join us for Picnic Day on Tuesday, 3rd July!

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 21st June 2018

We love picnics - who doesn’t? It’s an absolutely inarguable fact that sandwiches taste better when eaten outside in the sunshine. The same goes, funnily enough, for quiche, salad, salmon, baked potatoes and cold meats. Which, by an incredible coincidence, are the exact foods that will be on offer at Picnic Day at Gladstone’s Library on Tuesday, 3rd July!





2018 events programme announced!

by Julia Kelly | Wednesday, 01st November 2017

Gladstone’s Library is delighted to unveil its programme of events for 2018 including residential courses, evening talks and literary festivals galore.

The Gladstone’s Library programme holds at its core theology; history and current affairs; and nineteenth-century literary culture – the areas that William Gladstone’s collection of books and journals itself centres around. Each year we programme an eclectic range of sessions for study, education and entertainment to fit with these themes, and 2018 is no different. In fact, we think it’s one of the best.





Expressions of interest for the Gladfest Market Place

by Julia Kelly | Wednesday, 26th April 2017

We are delighted to begin accepting expressions of interest from artists, crafters, designers and makers who want to participate in our fantastic Gladfest Market Place over the Gladfest weekend Saturday, 2nd - Sunday, 3rd September. This will be our biggest-ever Market Place and will house an eclectic range of goods and gifts from local and national stallholders.


Easter fun at Gladstone's Library!

by Julia Kelly | Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Sunshine-yellow daffodils are in full bloom which means that the milder weather is on its way! It also signifies the coming of Easter and as such, our annual Easter Craft Fair which takes place in our beautiful Grade-I listed building 10.30am – 4pm on Saturday, 15th April and is completely free to attend.


April Jelly Day announced!

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 09th March 2017

We were overwhelmed with the attendance and the positive feedback we received following our February and March Jelly Days. It was wonderful to see so many people working, meeting new people and really making the most of the Library space.


2017 events programme announced!

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 15th December 2016

Hot off the press at Gladstone’s Library is the brand new 2017 programme of events and it’s looking like the busiest and most eclectic year to date. With residential courses on Remembering Slavery, Building a Sustainably Creative Life, considering The Great War in Symbol, Memory and God, and Putting the End of the World in Perspective; author talks from some of contemporary literature’s most exciting talents; and a range of literary and political festivals, there really is something for everyone.



Watch: Founder's Day 2016

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 11th August 2016

Watch the video of Founder's Day 2016 at Gladstone's Library which asked the question Is the term 'Liberal Faith' an Oxymoron?


Summer 2016 at Gladstone’s Library

by Hayley Butler | Thursday, 07th July 2016

Sunshine or no sunshine, the Library is the place to be!

OK, so the heatwave we’d hoped for has not materialised quite yet but every so often those rays do break through, bathing the ground in a glorious sunlight, and July is looking promising!

Here at the Library we have events and activities for all weathers…



Friends priority booking for Gladfest 2016 open now!

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 28th April 2016

The UK’s friendliest literary festival returns 2nd – 4th September 2016 and to all of our valued Friends, we’re offering first dibs on festival tickets and exclusive accommodation for our most popular event of the year, Gladfest, as a thank you for your generous support.


DemFest 2016: what not to miss!

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 07th April 2016

What is DemFest?’ we hear you cry! 

DemFest is the newest addition to the Gladstone's Library calendar. It’s a festival of democracy, celebrating the values of liberty and free-speech that Gladstone held so dear in his lifetime, and it’s happening from 13th May – 14th May 2016 throughout our beautiful Library building.  


Museums at Night: Democratic Readings

by Julia Kelly | Friday, 25th March 2016

One of the Library’s most popular events returns with a democratic twist for 2016. Our Museums at Night events have seen us drink tea with Alice, ascend to poetic heights, wallow in the Gothic and shake hands with the Victorians. This year, to celebrate our first DemFest, we’re offering you to share your favourite political moments with the audience in our magnificent Reading Rooms. It’s rare that we allow talking in there so grasp this moment!



2016 course highlights

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 10th March 2016

Gladstone’s Library runs an extensive and varied selection of residential courses each year. For periods ranging from overnight stays to week-long residencies, we invite you to retreat from the hustle and bustle and routine of everyday life and stay with us to find inspiration and contemplation.


Breakfast Week at Gladstone's Library

by Julia Kelly | Wednesday, 20th January 2016

24th – 30th January is Breakfast Week, during which time organisations across Britain are coming together to shake up your wake up and offer something a little different in those early hours.


We're raring up for Hearth

by Julia Kelly | Friday, 11th December 2015

The perfect weekend for writers and readers is on its way! 6th – 7th February we welcome four wordsmiths to sit beside the fire in the Gladstone Room and share their stories.




Founder's Day 2015 - watch the video

by Julia Kelly | 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?



Friends' Visit To The Portico Library

by Julia Kelly | Thursday, 30th April 2015

One of the benefits of being a Friend of Gladstone’s Library is the opportunity to take part in group visits to places of interest in the company of your fellow Friends.




Founder's Day 2014

by Julia Kelly | Friday, 25th July 2014

Founder’s Day is one of the most prestigious dates in the Gladstone’s Library calendar.On July 7 members of the Gladstone family, Trustees, Fellows of the Library and their special gue



Professor A.C. Grayling Founders Day Lecture

by Julia Kelly | Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Gladstones Library welcomed Professor A.C. Grayling to the Library as part of its Founders Day celebrations this month. As part of the days events he gave a lecture on The necessity of a liberal educa


Books and Food

by Julia Kelly | Monday, 30th January 2012

We have a number of new events starting at the Library in February that we hope you will all come and take part in.Starting on February 12th, we are introducing a traditional Sunday Carvery t

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