Surprise Gifts at the Library

On Thursday 23 February the eighty proprietors and guests who sat down for the Library Dinner received a surprise gift.  At each table place there was a scroll tied with green ribbon that contained a copy of one of the Athenaeum Library treasures, ranging from a page of Magna Carta to a Hannah Glasses’ cookery book of the mid Eighteenth century and some of the beautiful botanic illustrations of William Roscoe and Mrs Bury.  Each was a copy of one of the high resolution photographs a as part of the Heritage Lottery grant have been made by specialists from the John Ryland’s Library to save wear and tear on our books.

The excellent dinner was followed by presentations from the Archivist Mrs Nicola Hubberstey and Mr. John Corbett, our former Public Engagement Officer, who spoke of their years work and some of the curiosities they had discovered.  Now know that the Reebok trainer box was packed with Elizabethan Treasury receipts, some signed by Richard Stonley, who was later involved in embezzlement of government funds, there was the mysterious wine bottle found in the centre of a roll of maps.  We saw a panorama of Church Street in 1843 with every shop and workshop named – copies of this are available for sale at Reception.  We saw Robert Gladstone juniors Special Constables buttons and heard of his many involvements in Liverpool life.

The whole evening brought out two things, the richness of our collections and the tremendous success achieved during the year of our lottery grant.  Finally the guests went home with a beautifully presented booklet detailing just what has been achieved in the Library in the last year.  We thank all those involved in any way to create such a successful event.

New Members Informal Dining

On Friday 10 February, seven Proprietors added their names into Athenaeum history signing our prestigious 1801 Share Register. This was part of a special signing ceremony which takes place during our New Members Informal Dining Evenings. The next scheduled event of this kind is scheduled for Friday 8 June, bookings are open now.

Mr Harry Bickerstaffe

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Mr Stephen Hitchin

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Mr Thomas Powell

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Mrs Barbara Blunt

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Miss Rachel Backshall

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Mr Thomas J.H Powell

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Mrs Paula Tutty

Ancient Leverpoole Maps.

We have a number of Ancient Leverpoole Maps available for purchase at the club. The map details the city centre of Ancient Liverpool and is currently on display in the Newsroom of The Athenaeum.

There are two sizes available; one A3 size and the other a larger poster size. Both maps are priced at £10.00 each.

If you would like to reserve a map please e-mail reception@theathenaeum.org.uk or speak directly to Caitlin and Jack at The Athenaeum’s reception.

We also have copies of a map of ‘The Countie Pallatine of Lancaster’ from 1610 in a3 size, priced at £10.00 each.

Both are a perfect gift for a history or local knowledge buff!

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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  reception@theathenaeum.org.uk 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  reception@theathenaeum.org.uk to book tickets.

The Frank Moran Young Writers Award

THE FRANK MORAN YOUNG WRITERS AWARD
‘Discover, Explore, Learn’ – Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Competition Guidelines
The Athenaeum was founded in 1797 to provide a meeting place where ideas and information can be exchanged in pleasant surroundings. The heart of the Athenaeum is its famous library, one of the greatest proprietary libraries in the United Kingdom.

The Athenaeum, in partnership with the Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside. Now in its 15th year, the annual writing award, held by the Athenaeum, in partnership with the Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside, is the premier North West writing competition for young people:

 

The Frank Moran Young Writers Award
Formerly known as the Athenaeum Writer in Residence Award

The Award

The Award Includes;
 Designation as Writer – In – Residence for one year
 Prize of £1,000.
 Publication of the winning entry in the Liverpool Echo
 There is an Opportunity to produce and publish two articles, essays or poems via Radio Merseyside and The Liverpool Echo.
 Honorary Membership of the Athenaeum for one year including access to the Library.
 An Invitation from the Athenaeum to a Lunch or Dinner on an appropriate occasion.

In addition, if the entry comes via a school, The Athenaeum will donate £100 to be used for the Purchase of books for the School Library. Towards the end of his or her year, we will expect from the winner an appropriate report on the year’s activities and rewards.

Eligibility

The award is open to all young people who will be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the 21st November 2016, the final date for the receipt of entries.

How to enter

Writers are invited to submit an example of some 1,000 – 1,200 words of original prose which can be in the form of a short story, a travel essay or something about which they feel passionate. It may be serious or amusing. What the judges are looking for is an example of their work which they are proud to have written. Please make entries in word. Full details can be found on our website. Entries via your school or direct are acceptable.

The Closing date for entries is 21st November 2016.

The Selection Process

The judges will select finalists by 6th December 2016. The chosen finalists will be invited to a reception at the Athenaeum on 14th December 2016 at 5:30pm. The finalists will be invited to write a further piece of 1000-1200 words, the subject to be announced at the finalists’ reception. Entries will be required to be submitted by 22nd January 17.

The winner of the Award will be announced on 15th February 2017.

The winning entry and other finalists’ entries will be published in the Liverpool Echo & announced on Radio Merseyside.

For Extra copies or further information

Contact: The Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD. Tel: 0151 709 7770
Email: reception@theathenaeum.org.uk Fax: 0151 709 0418

Exploring The Athenaeum Library – Workshop Programme

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 book early to avoid disappointment’ with ‘on 0151 709 7770 and reception@theathenaeum.org.uk.

Heritage Open Day

 

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After huge success at our sold-out Open Day last May, we are delighted to announce that the Athenaeum will be hosting a second event on 11th September 2016, as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend.

 

The Open Day will give members of the public a unique opportunity to view the building and its treasures through a guided tour. Guests will be able to view the elliptical staircase, the beautiful Newsroom and the Library, described once as ‘one of the handsomest rooms in Europe’. A selection of hidden treasures from our library and archives will also be on display for the perusal of our guests.

 

Attendees from our previous Open Day said:

 

‘Wonderful, loved the description of the history of the Athenaeum, the exhibits on display, the library and the plentiful helpful people around to discuss the building, the prints on the wall etc.’

 

‘It was especially wonderful to have chats with proud Liverpool people, proud and knowledgeable about their city, its history and the place of the Athenaeum in the city.’

 

‘I found the whole building and experience to be absolutely fascinating.’

 

 

The tours will start every hour from 11am, through until 3pm and will last approximately one hour. There will be refreshments on sale and talks in the Newsroom throughout the Open Day.

 

Visits and tours of the Athenaeum are by booking only and are complementary, as part of Heritage Open Days weekend.

 

Due to high popularity, this Open Day is now sold out. If you would like to be added to a wait-list, please contact Anna Corbett on peo@theathenaeum.org.uk with your name, phone number and tickets required.

The Athenaeum Heritage Lottery Fund Project

 

Dating back to 1797 and home to some 800 year old treasures, the Athenaeum is offering a rare and valuable opportunity for schools, universities and groups of adults to browse their unique shelves and embark upon projects in subjects they are most passionate about; including History, English Literature, Geography, Sciences, Languages, Theatre and Art.

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What we do: Our aim is to invite local schools, universities and organisations into our wonderful library, here at the Athenaeum. In a world of digitalisation, we offer the unique experience of connecting rare and historical treasures to those who are in education; with the aim that they can use this augment their skills.

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What do we have here?  Our treasures include an 800 year old copy of Magna Carta, Nicholas Monsarrat’s book collection and typewriter, a book signed by Florence Nightingale, Cromwellian Currency, Teller’s tax receipts dating between 1554-1597 and much, much more. The project has also employed an Archivist who finds new exciting items every week!

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How you can get involved: If you belong to a school, university or organisation where you feel this project could enhance your learning experience, do get in touch! For further information or to request a tour and use of the library, please contact John Corbett or Anna Corbett on: peo@theathenaeum.org.uk or 0151 709 770.