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Polly Atkin on her February at Gladstone’s Library

by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 13th June 2018 | 0 Comments

Sitting with my feet in a river in rich yellow sun on a June evening, it’s hard to think of February with any clarity. Looking towards the summer solstice after six weeks of (almost) unremittingly fine weather, the library and my wintery sojourn there seems very far away, almost implausible. 

    Gray’s Anatomy: the alien world of the human body

    by Amy Sumner | Friday, 08th June 2018 | 0 Comments

    Upon hearing the phrase Gray’s Anatomy, images may come to mind of the popular American TV series set in a Seattle hospital; however a much different medium bears the origin of this name. Within William Gladstone's own collection there exists a 3rd edition copy of Gray’s Anatomy. Not as some might suspect, a novelised version of the TV series, but rather a complete 'descriptive and surgical' look at anatomy.

      William Ewart Gladstone: From birth to death

      by Amy Sumner | Friday, 18th May 2018 | 0 Comments

      19th May 2018, marks the 120th anniversary of William Ewart Gladstone’s death. The use of the word ‘anniversary’ may seem too jolly for such a sombre event; William Gladstone’s life was extraordinary and in this post we shall celebrate it and the man behind the podium.

        Cal Flyn: Bilberry Woods / May

        by Amy Sumner | Friday, 18th May 2018 | 0 Comments

        Over a long day confined to a desk a mind can wander great distances. But bodies need exercise too. To this end, every evening before dinner – or sometimes after – I’ve been stepping into the dappled light for a walk or a jog through the Bilberry Woods, on the edge of the Hawarden Estate.

          ReaderPLUS – protecting Gladstone’s users for the future

          by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 15th May 2018 | 0 Comments

          If you’ve visited Gladstone's Library recently, you might have noticed a change in the front corridor: new Reader Application forms! These grass-green beauties – very appropriate for spring – replace the well-known A4 Reader Form that every Reader will have completed at one time or another.

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