Athenaeum Workshops – Last Chance to Book Tickets!

With the first workshop fast approaching this Saturday 5th November and the second on Saturday 12th November, be sure to book your tickets with Reception to avoid missing out!

Please call 0151 709 7770 or e-mail to book tickets.

Exploring the Athenaeum Library

The Library of the Athenaeum is one of the hidden treasures of Merseyside.  For more than 200 years the library has accumulated a body of books and archival material which is unequalled in private hands.  For most of that time the collections have been accessible only to the 500 hundred ‘Proprietors’ , consequently, scholars and researchers in Liverpool and elsewhere have not been able to access it.  Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund efforts are now being made to allow scholars to make use of this invaluable source material.  These workshop sessions are open to everybody interested in the history and culture of Liverpool and give a unique chance to learn of the secrets and treasures of the Athenaeum’s Library.

The workshops outlined below are separate and independent but interconnected.  There are thirty places only. You are asked to make a donation to the maintenance of the Library of £25 or £45 for those who engage for both days.  Please contact reception to book your place and make payment. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop Programme

Saturday 5 November

In the Library of the Athenaeum

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee

10.30- 11.30 Georgian Libraries – Dr. Mark Towsey, University of Liverpool

11.30 – 12.30 Gladstone Library Talk and demonstration – Gary Butler and Sian Morgan Gladstone Library

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch in Newsroom

13.30 – 14.30 Shakespeare at the Athenaeum –  Dr. Louise Wilson, Hope University

14.30 -1530 Conservation Techniques – Ann Stewart, Professional conservator

14.30 – 14.45 tea/coffee

15.00  – 15.45 Treasures of the Athenaeum Rare books of the collection   Display led by a Librarian &  D Brazendale

Course closes

Saturday 12. November

10 -10.30 Coffee & registration

10.30 – 11.30 Manuscripts and Early printed book – Martin Kay, Former special collections Librarian University of Liverpool

11.30- 12.30   Creating the Athenaeum Archive – N. Hubberstey, Archivist of the Athenaeum

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch in Newsroom

13.30 – 14.30   Reading old documents –  Anna Watson, Retired archivist Lancashire Record Office

14.30 -14.45 Tea/coffee

14-45 – 15.30  Distinguished Proprietors, by  John Corbett Athenaeum, Public Engagement Officer

15.30 – 1600 Plenary session

Course closes

Please call 0151 709 7770 or e-mail to book tickets.