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Hawarden - Penarlâg: Gladstone's Library, St. Deiniol's Church and Flintshire Record Office, CH5 3DF

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Event type: Guided Visit

Morning venue: Gladstone's (St. Deiniol's) Library, Church Lane, Hawarden

10:30-11:00 Meet over coffee, which will be provided in 'Food for Thought', the Library's 'fair trade' coffee shop/restaurant.

11:00- c.12:15 Guided tour of Gladstone's library (formerly St. Deiniol's Library). This Grade I listed building is the only residential library in the country. There will be opportunities to see the nineteenth century prime minister W.E. Gladstone's artefacts, drawings and personal collection of over 32,000 items, which form the heart of the library's outstanding and constantly updated research collection of more than 250,000 books, journals and pamphlets, available on 'open shelves'. The library also houses most of Gladstone's non-political correspondence, speeches, and papers. These and the Glynne-Gladstone manuscripts are administered by the Flintshire Record Office, in the Old Rectory nearby, our venue for the afternoon.

c. 12:15-12:45 Time to browse in the library, look at local collections in the annexe, saunter together in the gardens, or visit the War Memorial.

12:45-.13:30 Lunch. This can be purchased at 'Food for Thought'.

13:30 - 14:00 Guided visit to St. Deiniol's church, Hawarden , a Grade II listed building and site of the Gladstone memorial chapel (provided no funeral or wedding service is taking place). The church occupies the land between the library and the 'Old Rectory'. A 100-150 metre footpath via the church links our two venues.

Afternoon venue: Flintshire Record Office, The Old Rectory, Hawarden

14:00-c.15:45 Guided visit to Flintshire Record Office. The Old Rectory is an 18th century, grade II listed building set within its own grounds. There will be opportunities to view the building, to learn about and see some of the archives deposited there, and to discover how Flintshire Record Office staff aim to create a 'First World War Archive' of records relating to the experiences of Flintshire people during the war, documenting what life was like for people who lived through the conflict, both at home and serving overseas.

15:45 : Return to Gladstone's Library for a cup of tea before departing.

There is a regular bus service between Chester Railway Station and Hawarden (bus stop by the War memorial); and rail links to Hawarden Railway Station from Liverpool and Wrexham. Travellers by car may park at the record office or library.

Participants in the visit are responsible for making their own way between the venues. Everyone must comply with all Health and Safety advice given at the venues.

A map of the venues, formerly part of the Hawarden Castle estate, can be found at http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/contact/location/

To find out more about Gladstone's Library, see http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/

Information about overnight accommodation at the library and eating at 'Food for Thought' is also available on this website.

For information about Flintshire Record Office see http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/

Please send tickets for this event at £8.00 for BALH members or £10.00 for non-members.

I enclose a cheque for £ payable to BALH.

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________ PLACES FOR THE BALH EVENT ON Wednesday 21 May 2014
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24 Glan Rheidol
Llanbadarn Fawr
SY23 3GG