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Talk, Mon 19 Feb 2018, £8

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Gladstone’s Library houses a unique and distinctive array of rare books and special collections. In this talk, Librarian Gary Butler uses the four figures whose statues adorn the Library - Saint Augustine, Dante, Homer, and the eighteenth-century philosopher and theologian Joseph Butler – as guides through a thematic exploration of some of the Library’s printed treasures. With a special display of items from the collection. Learn more about what makes our rare books so rare, and our special collections so special, and leave with a greater understanding of the meaning and value of the printed word.

Gary Butler helps look after the rare books and special collections at Gladstone’s Library. He trained as a librarian at Aberystwyth. Gary Butler is no relation to the eighteenth-century philosopher and theologian Joseph Butler.

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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 Feb 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