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by Amy Sumner | 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!
by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 01st February 2018
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.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 06th June 2017
There are just 24 hours remaining to secure your stall at the Gladfest Market Place. This is the hub of independent traders, businesses, arts and crafts which takes pride of place on the back lawn of Gladstone’s Library at our Gladfest literary festival on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd September.
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 05th May 2017
We are delighted to open Gladfest priority booking for Friends!
Gladfest takes place here at Gladstone’s Library 1st – 3rd September and we have some exciting names for the festival's fifth birthday...
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 28th April 2017
We’re approaching the deadline for submissions for our 2018 Writers in Residence and Politics in Residence programmes, from which a selection of the best contemporary authors and political writers will be chosen to reside at Gladstone’s Library to focus on their current projects.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
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…
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Our final two Writers in Residence of 2016 year were Amy Liptrot (The Outrun) and Susan Barker (The Incarnations) who stayed with us in throughout March and April respectively.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | 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!
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 18th March 2016
As part of a seminar on Book Illustration organised by the Association of Independent Libraries, our very own Library Assistant Gary Butler gives a paper on the visualisation of science in nineteenth century literature at The Leeds Library on Friday, 15th April.
by Amy Sumner | 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.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 23rd September 2015
Details of our very special 2016 Writers in Residence Launch Evening which takes place at The National Liberal Club in London on Monday, 12th October.
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?
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 08th July 2015
Work Experience student Tesni Jones reports on the theological and spiritual section of Monday's debate.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 31st March 2015
Gladstone’s Library is giving Lewis Caroll fans an exclusive opportunity to experience the library ‘after hours’ to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 02nd January 2015
Friends of Gladstone's Library trip to the Portico Library.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 21st August 2013The first weekend of July saw an eclectic mix of doctoral students, early career scholars, and permanent post holders, from a range of institutions across the UK and the USA, converge on Gladstones Li
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 24th July 2013Gladstones 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
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 15th February 2012Booking for our Writer-in-Residence events is going well. Dont forget our offer of buying tickets for any four of our Writer-In-Residence events before 29 February and getting a 10% discount.