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image for Talk item typeHistory of the Reading Rooms at Gladstone's Library

Talk, Mon 19 Mar 2018, £8

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Why does Gladstone’s Library look like it does, with crenelated bookcases and carved columns? Join the Library’s Director of Collections and Research, Louisa Yates, as she suggests some ways of reading the features of our famous Reading Rooms - including the staircases and even the shelves!

Louisa Yates is Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library and a Visiting Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. She writes on literary re-vision and the curious afterlives of the nineteenth century; her latest collaboration investigates Victorian manufacturing through its products. Louisa often delivers keynote talks and workshops to libraries and archives in the UK, usually on the theme of outreach and collaboration. She co-directs the literature festival Gladfest.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 19 Mar 2018 19:30


Tickets £8.00.


Church Lane,



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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality