Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library
Church Lane
Hawarden
Flintshire
CH5 3DF
Wales

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Website

www.gladstoneslibrary.org

E-mail

General Enquiries

enquiries@gladlib.org

Library Enquiries

library@gladlib.org

Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research.

louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Peter Francis, Warden.

peter.francis@gladlib.org

Natalie Tomlinson, Marketing Officer.

natalie.tomlinson@gladlib.org

Annette Lewis, Development Manager.

annette.lewis@gladlib.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

01244 532350

Fax

General Enquiries

01244 520643

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Image of Gladstone's Library in the Autumn.
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Gladstone's Library is a beautiful Grade I listed residential library nestled in the hills of North Wales. It comprises a residential library and meeting place which is dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups, who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.

This institution pays tribute to William Gladstone. It is Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work.

As well as a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items, Gladstone's Library also offers comfortable en-suite accommodation, conference rooms and a bistro, Food for Thought. Whether you stay for a month or just pop in for a cup of tea, we hope that you will enjoy your visit.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Festivals

Opening hours

Our Reading Rooms are open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Saturday.
Food For Thought is open Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Lunch is served 12 noon - 2.00pm daily.
Afternoon Tea available weekdays 3.00pm - 4.00pm (booking essential).

Admission charges

There is no admittance fee.
It is free to become a Reader, which is required to use the Reading Rooms.
There are free daily Glimpses of the library at 12 noon, 2.00pm & 4.00pm.

Getting there

Hawarden Railway Station is on the Wrexham – Bidston line which has connections to Liverpool. Hawarden Station is on Station Road and is 5 – 7 minutes' walk away from the Library.
If you are travelling a long distance, you may find it easier to travel to Chester and then get a bus (11, X44, or 4) or a taxi (we are approximately 8 miles from the railway station).

The collection is our greatest asset. The Library has been recognised as the most important research library and collection in Wales after the National Library of Wales.

The heart of the Library is Gladstone’s own collection of over 32,000 items, majoring in the subjects of the Arts and Humanities. Many of his books contain his annotations, some of which are extremely detailed. We even have some of Gladstone’s Eton school books, containing caricatures of the masters. In addition to his books, the Library houses most of Gladstone’s non-political correspondence, speeches and papers.

Among the manuscripts located at Gladstone’s Library are Sir Stephen Glynne’s Church Notes and the Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts. The latter collection consists of over 250,000 items of family letters and estate, household and business papers relating to the Gladstone and Glynne families.

Gladstone’s Library also houses an interesting pre-1800 collection which is particularly strong in theology and church history, and several special collections, such as the Bishop Moorman Franciscan Library. There are many individual items of interest, including a rare copy of Erasmus’ Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel, translated by the Tudor Princess Mary.

Most of our books are available to our readers on open access and are housed in oak bookshelves, based on a design by Gladstone. We also have books housed in our modern annexe within sliding presses. Such an impressive collection attracts many visitors of different academic disciplines and cultures from all over the world.

Collection details

Literature, Personalities, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Library and collections of William Ewart Gladstone
  • Sir Stephen Glynne’s Church Notes
  • Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts
  • Moorman Franciscan Library
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
An illustration from a volume of Sufi Stories.

Reading Sufi Stories

  • 25 January 2015 2:30-4:30pm *on now

Where do Sufi stories come from and where can we find them?

Apart from being entertaining, Sufi stories have an inner content not always obvious at first.

How to benefit from these stories? How should we approach them?

These are some of the themes Muriel Maufroy will touch on in a talk she will illustrate with several of those stories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £8.00, includes tea/coffee.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/reading-sufi-stories

Flyer for Hearth in February 2015.

Hearth

  • 6 — 8 February 2015

Gather around the Hearth and listen to four prizewinning writers: Katrina Naomi (Hooligans), Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Sarah Butler (Ten Things I've Learned About Love) and Suzette Hill (The Venetian Venture). Find out how to publish your work and get hints and tips at our panel event, Reading and Reflection.

The newest addition to the Gladstone's Library Calendar, Hearth began in 2013 and is held in November and February every year.

Hearth is an opportunity to meet, talk and create with four authors over a weekend of writing related activity.

Former Hearth guests include: Lucy Gough, Rebecca Gough, James Runice and Patricia Bracewell.

Adnan Mahmutovic, Neil Griffiths, Melissa Harrison and Tania Hershman.

Our next micro-festival will be held from Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8, 2015.

February's guests are: Sarah Butler, Katrina Naomi, Suzette Hill and Jessie Burton.

Be prepared to be stimulated, enthralled and informed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

TICKETS
£32.50 for one day (includes Friday night's event, lunch or dinner on your chosen day and Saturday evening's panel discussion).
£55.00 for the whole weekend (all Heath events and meals).
Alternatively tickets per event are priced at £12.00 (includes free entry to the panel discussion).
£5.00 for Friday's shortlisting event.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/hearth

Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies.

Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies Spring Colloquium

  • 20 — 22 February 2015

Postgraduates from North West and North Wales universities present their research on the nineteenth century.

To reserve your ticket call 01244 532350.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

We’re sorry to say that residential places are reserved for Gladstone Centre members – but day delegates can come for free!

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladstone-centre-for-victorian-studies-spring-colloquium

Our Craft Fair at Gladfest.

Easter Craft Fair

  • 4 April 2015 9:30am-4pm

Local craftspeople and artists ready to tempt and delight you with their offerings. Plus our very own book shop, Gladbooks!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/easter-craft-fair

Easter eggs.

Easter Egg Hunt

  • 5 April 2015 12-2pm

Search the library from top to bottom for those delicious eggs. It's a sprint, not a marathon - so make sure you are here on time! Starts at 12 noon sharp.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Places must be booked in advance.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/easter-egg-hunt

Gladstone's Library's Writers in Residence Scheme.

Fauverie - An evening with Writer in Residence, Pascale Petit

  • 7 April 2015 7:30-9pm

In this illustrated event, poet Pascale Petit will read from her recent collection Fauverie (2014, Seren -- winner of the Manchester Poetry Prize 2013, shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize 2014).

With its feline cover art, it should come as no surprise to learn that 'fauverie' describes wild cats in tame places.

The readings will be accompanied by images of Paris.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Pascale will also be holding a workshop at the library on April 25 (10am) entitled The Wild Life of Poems.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £12.00, includes a copy of Fauverie.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/fauverie-an-evening-with-our-writer-in-residence-pascale-petit

Film and Theology at Gladstone's Library.

Film and Theology

  • 17 — 19 April 2015

Join us in the screening of an eclectic mix of films to keep you thinking, arguing and even theologizing.

Films will include Calvary, Stations of The Cross, Oranges are Not The Only Fruit and, because we can’t resist watching it again, Life of Brian.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/fil

Gladstone's Library's Writers in Residence Programme.

The Wild Life of Poems - A workshop with our Writer in Residence, Pascale Petit

  • 25 April 2015 10am-4pm

Where do poems come from?

They can arrive like a wild creature, taking us by surprise.

As Ted Hughes advised, we should approach them as if stalking an animal - utterly patient and focused and swift. In this workshop, led by poet Pascale Petit, participants stalk poems with the aid of images, texts, and a toolkit of exercises designed to lure the unexpected!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £35.00, includes lunch.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/the-wild-life-of-poems-a-workshop-with-our-writer-in-residence-pascale-petit

Museums at Night - Mad Hatter's Tea Part at Gladstone's Library.

Museums at Night - Mad Hatter's Tea Party

  • 15 May 2015 8-10pm

Join us to mark and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Enjoy readings from the book in the surroundings of Gladstone's Library, as part of the Museums at Night festival.

We'll provide the cake, you buy the drinks!

Admission

Tickets £7.50. To book, call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Website

http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/museums-at-night-mad-hatters-tea-party

Getting there

Hawarden Railway Station is on the Wrexham – Bidston line which has connections to Liverpool. Hawarden Station is on Station Road and is 5 – 7 minutes' walk away from the Library.
If you are travelling a long distance, you may find it easier to travel to Chester and then get a bus (11, X44, or 4) or a taxi (we are approximately 8 miles from the railway station).

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