Here & There In The Library

Here and There in the Library is a journey through the magical and eclectic collection housed within The Athenaeum. The below edition was originally published in July 2015 in the Club Newsletter, and was written by newly appointed Honorary Proprietor, Alan Andrews. The Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire form a very … Read more

Member Monday#023

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week we are joined by Proprietor 55, Dr Hollinshead. Who are you? I am Janet Hollinshead – member of the Athenaeum since 2009 and holder of share 55. In a previous existence I taught history at Liverpool Hope University. What is your greatest achievement? My most … Read more

Game On

Friday evening Dining continues this week and chef has notified us that game season has begun so look out for an interesting and delectable menu to choose from! Bookings are now being received and we are delighted to offer a special package deal for the evening comprising of; Arrival Drink of your choice* Three Course … Read more

Member Musings: ‘Plane Mystery’

The Member musing segment is kindly provided by the members of the Athenaeum, any views shared may not be reflective of the institution’s. Plane Mystery By Philip Whitfield What’s in a name? Mine’s normally shortened to Phil… an icebreaker talking to terrorists in the Arab world. How come? Fil in Arabicmeans elephant.  I’m not sure … Read more

Member Monday #022

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week we are joined by Proprietor 328, Neil Brunskill. Who are you? I am Neil Brunskill. I am currently training to be an Anglican priest, reading for holy orders at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. I began my training in September 2018, … Read more

Reciprocal Review: Ulster Reform Club

On a typical Irish summer’s day (gale force winds, horizontal rain), we were lucky enough to take refuge in the Ulster Reform Club in the heart of Belfast. Being founded in the 1880s, it is one of our more modern reciprocals, but clearly has its traditions and they are well maintained. The Club is on … Read more

Update: Sir David Maddison Opera Prize

On Wednesday last September 16t I chaired a production planning meeting for the 2020 Sir David Maddison Opera Prize, in company with Colonel Martin Amlôt, John Blain, Tanya Robins, and Jack Birley.  The main topic for discussion was to agree a sound and practical audience management plan for the event, to ensure that HM Government … Read more

Member Musing

Britannia Waives the Rules By Phil Whitfield Headline writing is harder than you might imagine. Andy Webster’s over the i’s Proms story left the rest of Fleet Street banjaxed. ‘Browsing a chum’s family ancestry former Quarry Bank teacher John Ashcroft, known to many Proprietors, says a catchy title’s needed. ‘Such as?’ ‘Fuchs Off.’ ‘Legendary,’ says … Read more

Member Monday #019

Every Monday we profile one of our Members. This week we are joined by Proprietor 68, Reverend Philip Waldron Who are you?  The Rev. Philip Waldron, Minister for Ullet Road Unitarian Church, Wirral Unitarians, Southport Unitarians. For those who don’t know William Roscoe one of the founders of the Athenaeum was a Unitarian. He attended … Read more

Strange Times: Bulletin from the President.

As we become aware of chillier mornings and the nights drawing in, we should be looking forward to an exciting calendar of events organised by our new President. Sadly, this year you will be well aware that this is not the case. Firstly I am writing this as the President rather than Martin Amlôt because … Read more