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by Amy Sumner | Monday, 29th July 2019
In an age of single use and throw-away products, we can often find ourselves yearning for something with a sense of permanence. No sooner have we bought the newest, shiniest iPhone than Apple releases the newer, shinier version, rendering our new phone a technologically competent, but intrinsically second-best space-filler. The same is true of cars, of clothes, of practically everything manufactured these days. The only thing that seems not to fit this mould? Books.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 30th January 2019
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.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 04th December 2018
As winter is well underway and Christmas is just around the corner, you might be considering a last-minute winter getaway. You might be looking for a destination that boasts a warm and cosy atmosphere, with a log fire, tranquil surroundings and a suitably festive ambiance; a place where you can curl up in an armchair with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate (or mulled wine!), after a brisk winter’s walk in the countryside.
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 | Friday, 18th May 2018
Over a long day confined to a desk a mind can wander great distances. But bodies need exercise too. To this end, every evening before dinner – or sometimes after – I’ve been stepping into the dappled light for a walk or a jog through the Bilberry Woods, on the edge of the Hawarden Estate.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 15th May 2018
If you’ve visited Gladstone's Library recently, you might have noticed a change in the front corridor: new Reader Application forms! These grass-green beauties – very appropriate for spring – replace the well-known A4 Reader Form that every Reader will have completed at one time or another.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 24th April 2018
1.5 million Armenians were killed (1915 – 1923) by the Ottoman Turks in what was the first genocide of the 20th Century. This followed the Armenian massacres of 1894 - 1896 and the Armenian Holocaust at Adana in 1909.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 07th March 2018
So, you’re visiting Gladstone's Library for the first time, fantastic! What’s the plan?
We recommend arriving around 11am. Our on-site café and bistro Food for Thought is open to the public (10am - 5pm), and a nice hot cup of coffee is the perfect start to your day.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 26th February 2018
Gladstone’s Library became an internet sensation over the weekend when news and entertainment website Buzzfeed published a video on the Facebook page of its travel arm, Bring Me.
by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 01st February 2018
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.
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 | Tuesday, 16th January 2018
Please note that we are now fully booked.
Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year that won’t break the bank?
Celebrate with a loved one and Afternoon Tea for two at Gladstone’s Library on Wednesday, 14th February between 3pm and 4pm.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 20th November 2017
The current resident Chaplain of Gladstone’s Library is working on a project - compiling names, a list of saints and friends of God - to include in an Uncommon Calendar of Prayer for Chapel services.
You are invited to participate in this project by submitting names of persons who have inspired your life in a most positive and decisive way.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 07th August 2017
Staring at me from the desk in my bedroom at Gladstone’s Library during my recent residency was a postcard inscribed with a bit of the namesake’s wisdom:
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 17th May 2017
Please note that the sign-up regulations for Friends of the Library are changing.
Following advice from our insurers, Gladstone’s Library is now only able to accept Friend applications from individuals in Year 12 and above. As the Reading Rooms at Gladstone’s Library are unstaffed after 5pm, unfortunately individuals under this age are not permitted to remain in this unsupervised area due to safeguarding issues.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 08th May 2017
A visitor to the Library has just shown me a glass plate made in 1869 to celebrate Gladstone being elected as Prime Minister. It is embossed with the slogan ‘Gladstone for the Million’, which is simply a way of saying ‘for the many’. It is just one of the many commemorative plates, jugs, cups and even chamber pots that were made in honour of Gladstone and offer striking testimony to his popularity.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 08th May 2017
Gladstone's Library is delighted to have been featured in the New York Times (both online and in the physical paper!) in this wonderful piece about what Gladstone’s Library stands for. The title of the piece is ‘A Refuge for Liberal Values Beneath a Stern Victorian Gaze’...
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 04th April 2017
We are delighted to announce that just under 11,000 people worked in the Reading Rooms in 2016! That’s more than ever before, the highest number we’ve yet recorded. Many of those working in the Reading Rooms are enjoying our collections: use of books, journals and archive material is going up year-on-year. User feedback indicates that you, like us, are delighted to be part of a thriving, bustling working environment.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 31st January 2017
Calling all women!
Here at the Library we want to say thank you to mums everywhere on this special day for all of the love and the care invested in us. Even if sometimes we’re a little troublesome, you support us and we love you!
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 14th December 2016
‘Quirky and eccentric— like hanging out in your favourite bookshop.’
That’s how Telegraph Travel editor Rachel Cranshaw describes the Library in her article published today, after her two-night stay with us in September.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 14th November 2016
Tired of buying gifts which are almost instantly cast aside or forgotten about?
How about giving a gift to a loved one which really makes a difference this Christmas?
The ongoing support of the many Friends of Gladstone's Library enables us to meet our day-to-day running costs and keep our beautiful library open and accessible to all.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 02nd November 2016
Book one of our conference rooms before 15th November for any date until 28th February 2017, and we will charge you just £20 per person for our all-inclusive full day package.
by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 29th September 2016
Theatr Clwyd, Mold, is offering friends of Gladstone's Library a 10% discount off full and concession ticket prices at all performances of Insignificance.
by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 10th August 2016
Stay at Gladstone’s Library for a minimum of two consecutive nights between 28th August and 30th October and take advantage of our Sunday Special offer! As long as your stay includes a Sunday night, we will treat you to a FREE two course Sunday Dinner (served 6.45pm – 7.15pm).
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 17th June 2016
We are thrilled to offer our congratulations to 2012 Writer in Residence and Trustee, Stella Duffy, who has been awarded an OBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List! It is always a pleasure to work with Stella and we can think of few people more deserving of this award.
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 03rd June 2016
Over the last week, the Film & Theology DVD collection at Gladstone's Library has almost doubled in size. Why? Thanks to a substantial donation from Warden Peter Francis of over 160 new DVDs from his own personal collection.
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 13th May 2016
Spring is a time of change and natural miracles. Just to walk around Hawarden is to be faced with ample evidence of this: the leaves are new-green, lambs hop in the fields, and country strolls frequently feature herds of cows who enjoy slobbering on my hands and terrorising my taurophobic co-worker.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 18th April 2016
Today Gladstone’s Library was surprised and perturbed to find itself in the UKIP 2016 Welsh Assembly Election Manifesto which was released last Friday, 15th April.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
I despair increasingly of the democratising potential of Twitter. But it has achieved one good thing for me: it’s where I first heard about Gladstone’s Library.
by Amy Sumner | Monday, 21st March 2016
I first heard about Gladstone’s Library in 2011 when I picked up a leaflet at the Hay Festival. I am a huge fan of William Gladstone, a Prime Minister who, for all his failings, really tried to improve the lot of ordinary people. So I was delighted to discover his library existed, and furthermore that it was possible to stay there. I was in the midst of writing my novel Echo Hall at the time and the idea of a writing retreat at Hawarden was very tempting. But, it’s a long way from Oxford and being a busy working parent it wasn’t until 2013 that I finally managed to make the trip.
by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 15th October 2015
We know it’s October and we know that Halloween has not yet passed, but we’re getting organised nice and early for Christmas this year to ensure that you can be too!
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 | 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.
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 | Friday, 13th February 2015
Gladstone's Library: Offering great accommodation near Chester & North Wales
Recognised as one of the most important research libraries and collections in Wales & 5 star accommodation reviews on trip advisor Gladstone's Library is a truly wonderful place to stay.
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 02nd January 2015
Friends of Gladstone's Library trip to the Portico Library.
by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 01st April 2014
Martha Watson has been at Gladstone's for three months. Now, on the morning she leaves, is her parting message to the Library, its staff and residents. We'll miss her!
by Amy Sumner | Friday, 30th August 2013
Gladstone's Library are delighted to announce the results of our very first creative writing prize, launched to celebrate short and flash fiction. Writers from all over the world entered original