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Gladstone's Library

Mary Stallard visits the Gladstone Library in Flintshire to speak to warden Peter Francis and find out what role this Victorian religious institution has in contemporary life.

30 minutes

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Mary Stallard explores the Gladstone Library, a remarkable residential library in Flintshire founded by Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone. He established it in 1895 to be a place of religious learning, literature, and politics.

Mary visits Gladstone’s to meet those staying and working there, including Warden Peter Francis, Chaplain Richard Kauffman, and Director of Collections Lousia Yates; and asks what role a Victorian library plays in contemporary life.