Gladstone’s Library is committed to improving international public access to all its collections and events. For several years now, the Library has hosted audio recordings of many events, maintained a blog, and improved the website and social media. Launched in 2018, Digital Gladstone is an umbrella term under which we can gather all the Library’s efforts to improve access to our online collections. As of 2021 there are two Digital Gladstone projects underway:
Aura Leisure and Libraries are excited to announce their participation in a new digital project with Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, in 2021. Funded by the Arts Council and led by artist Simon Grennan, ‘Drawing Blood’ will create a new online exhibition of twenty new, original animated artworks. Hosted by Gladstone’s Library, the online exhibition will also be available at Contemporary Art Space Chester and at Aura libraries in North Wales, including Broughton, Buckley, Mold, Deeside, Holywell, Connah’s Quay and Flint.
Digitising Gladstone's correspondence with the Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gladstone's Writing is the first major project of Digital Gladstone and is externally funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The three-year project began in January 2018 and will result in a fully-catalogued digital collection of 15,000 nineteenth-century manuscript letters and 5,390 annotated printed books. These will be partially transcribed and hosted online in a free-to-access CMS, making one of the world’s most significant Gladstonian collections available to all. The project builds on the work undertaken to create GladCat – part of our successful online catalogue – and ensure that the online presence of Gladstone’s Library is as unique and distinctive as the physical institution.
Getting Involved with Digital Gladstone
Digital Gladstone has a volunteer team to help us realise the project’s aims and objectives. You can download the volunteer information pack here, and the specific Digital Gladstone volunteer details here.
At the moment the volunteer team is physically based at Gladstone's Library. However, we expect there to be opportunities in the future for remote transcription volunteers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.