Friday, 9 September 2011

Gladstone's Library

I said I would return to my posting on Gladstone's Library which I have been visiting as part of a conference for work.

I should begin by saying it is a marvellous mock gothic building designed by Chester architect John Douglas. It replaced the 'tin tabernacle' where Gladstone deposited his 22 000 books. The present building was opened in 1902 as the National Memorial to Gladstone and now has a collection of over 250 000 printed items.
I must say that since I first attended a conference here over 20 years ago the facility has significantly improved. It is now a comfortable and relaxed place to come and the opening up of the 'Food for Thought' cafe was a great idea. It is billed as the UK's only 'residential library'-apart that is from the fictional St Herbert's

As you enter by the main door the is an exhibition about the GOM and some memorabilia-including items donated by Eric Flounders

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