Gladstone's Library

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

Website

www.gladstoneslibrary.org

E-mail

Enquiries

enquiries@gladlib.org

Director of Collections and Research: Laura Yates

louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Warden: Peter Francis

peter.francis@gladlib.org

Business Development Manager: Jane Dawson

jane.dawson@gladlib.org

Development Officer

annette.lewis@gladlib.org

Telephone

01244 532350

Fax

01244 520643

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Main Reading Room, Gladstone's Library
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Gladstone's Library is a unique institution. Founded by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone, following his death in 1898, it became the nation's tribute to his life and work and is today Britain's finest residential library and its only Prime Ministerial library.

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 Coffee Shop, Food for Thought. Whether you stay for a month or just pop in for a cup of coffee, we hope that you will enjoy your visit.

Venue Type:

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

Opening hours

Reading Rooms 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Saturday. Coffee Shop 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday and 10.00am - 2.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Admission charges

No charge to use the Reading Rooms but please complete an application form to become a Day Reader (available from Reception or our website).

Getting there

The nearest railway stations are Hawarden (0.5 miles) and Chester (6 miles).

Gladstone's Library is in the centre of the village, approximately 3 miles from the A55 Broughton turnoff.

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

Getting there

The nearest railway stations are Hawarden (0.5 miles) and Chester (6 miles).

Gladstone's Library is in the centre of the village, approximately 3 miles from the A55 Broughton turnoff.

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