‘More Than A Game’, with Everton Football Club













Exclusive Event at The Athenaeum

‘More than a Game’

Live Interview and Question & Answer Session with Everton CEO Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE DL and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong


Ahead of Everton’s first home game of the season, The Athenaeum has secured an exclusive live interview with Everton CEO Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale and the Club’s Stadium Development Director Colin Chong.

The exclusive event, available to Members of The Athenaeum, titled ‘More than a Game’ will take place in the Library on Thursday 15 August, at 6 for 6:30 pm.

Members will be able to hear more about Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and how Everton plan to build on its extensive work within the community to leave a lasting legacy at their current Goodison Park home.

Fresh from the launch of their second stage public consultation, which included the reveal of the latest design concepts for Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park, Everton is busy touring the city-region showcasing plans that will have transformational socio and economic impacts to not only North Liverpool but the whole of the Liverpool City Region.

The event can be booked via the Members’ Area or through reception and as places are limited early booking is recommended.


In association with Everton Football Club        


Might This Be Of Interest: Cambridge Society of Liverpool

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The Cambridge Society of Liverpool

Part of the University of Cambridge global alumni network, Liverpool “Camsoc”, meets around once a month, offering a variety of events to alumni, their friends and family. Events and activities have included: monthly networking drinks, Freshers “Welcome to Cambridge” event in September, The Athenaeum Annual Quiz,  Athenaeum Debates: “Is free speech still alive in universities” and the Secret Gardens of Oxton.

Our next events are:

A private view of the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool University, followed by lunch at the pen factory, Saturday 6th April

The Secret Gardens of Oxton Sunday 12th May

Summer drinks evening, The Club House, Liverpool One, Thursday 13th June

Please contact Georgina Ritson (Proprietor) for more information:  camsocliverpool@gmail.com



With thanks and best wishes


Might Be Of Interest: Propeller Club Lunch – RRS Sir David Attenborough

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

The below event is not affiliated with the Athenaeum, however, has been organised in conjunction with a Proprietor.

Propeller Club Liverpool lunches have grown a reputation for delivering fascinating maritime speakers, and this time around Captain Simon Mills – the delivery Master of RRS Sir David Attenborough is speaking on the inception, building, launch and delivery of this amazing new vessel. From the Boaty McBoatface furore through to delivering one of the most technologically advanced ships the Mersey has ever seen, Captain Mills will tell us all about the sea trials and tribulations of translating the hopes, dreams and desires of our polar ambitions into red steel and thousands of kilometres of cable.

The lunch also sees the passing of the baton, as Propeller Club President Steven Jones – who many of you may know – ends his two years at the helm. This is an event not to be missed, and Propeller Club has invited Athenaeum Proprietors to join them at the Racquet Club on Friday, April 5th at their special member’s rate.

To book or to find out more see, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/propeller-club-liverpool-april-2019-lunch-tickets-58257778584

Might This Be Of Interest: Exhibition At The Williamson Art Gallery

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Fellow Proprietor, Stephen Hitchin, has an exhibition of his recent sculpture at the Williamson Art Gallery. Please find attached an invitation to the Private View. You are all most welcome to attend.

The invitation is for the Private View on Friday 1st March from 6 to 8 pm.

A hard copy of the invitation is available from the front desk at the Athenaeum.

The exhibition is at the Williamson Art Gallery on the Wirral. The exhibition will run from the 2nd March till the 14th April (the Gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday) for anyone wishing to attend during that period.

Friends of Proprietors are most welcome too.

For further information go to:



Upcoming Events This October

Upcoming Events This Month, October 2018

Wednesday 10 October – Film Group – 2:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/the-film-group-14/

Wednesday 10 October – Music Group Concert – 5:30pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-the-camira-wind-trio/

Friday 12 October – ‘Liverpool Beyond the Brink’, Dinner with Professor Michael Parkinson -6:30 for 7:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/dinner-with-professor-michael-parkinson/

Sunday 14 October – Sunday Lunch Following the Judges’ Service – Arrivals from 12:00pm https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/judges-service-sunday-lunch/

Wednesday 17 October – Spanish Wine Tasting with Tapas https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/spanish-wine-tapas-evening/

Thursday 25 October – New Members Informal Dining https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/new-members-informal-dining-4/


Athenaeum Bulletin: WC 24/09/2018

The Literature Group Returns!

Following last week’s  bulletin we are pleased to inform Members that Proprietor, Dr Paul Burns, has agreed to take up  the role of facilitator of the Literary Group. Dr Burns will be giving a presentation at the next meeting, which will take place on its usual first Wednesday of the month slot (Wednesday 3 October) at 2:00pm in the Library. Full details of Dr Burns presentation will be distributed very shortly.


Spanish Wine & Tapas Evening Announced

Save the date in your diaries, on Wednesday 17 October we’ll be sampling a taste of Spain, at a Spanish Wine and Tapas Evening. Jon Atkinson of Scatchards will be on hand to disperse his knowledge as multiple wines are served to match the various tapas dishes which will be available. The cost of this event, which is limited to just 40 attendees, is to be finalised imminently, however we strongly recommend you book now to secure your place! Arrival time 6:00 for 6:15pm in the aptly named Wine Servery! https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/spanish-wine-tapas-evening/


More Music

The Club’s Music Interest Group continues to go from strength to strength with the announcement of its next two meetings. On Wednesday 10 October, the grand surroundings of the newly renovated Library Reading Room will be filled with live music from The Camira Wind Trio (https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-the-camira-wind-trio/). Later  in the year on Wednesday 21 November, we look forward to a concert titled ‘Love Songs: English, French & Russian’, performed by Proprietor and pianist Dr Glyn Williams, and singer Irina Ektova.. 9https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-love-songs-english-french-russia (https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/music-group-love-songs-english-french-russian/)


Younger Members’ Events

Following the establishment of the  Younger Members’ Sub-Committee earlier this year a number of events are being organised specifically for the growing population of ‘Younger Members’ (Membership Categories B & C). Details of the first two events of this programme can be found below;

Film Night – Thursday 4 October, 6:00PM. Showing: DUNKIRK. £12.50 per ticket, supper included.

The Inaugral Younger Members Annual Ball – Saturday 17 November, 7:00pm till late, further details to be published in next week’s newsletter!


Judges’ Service Invitation & Sunday Lunch at the Athenaeum – 14 October 2018

As has been customary in recent years, the High Sheriff of Merseyside has kindly invited Athenaeum Members to The Judges’ Service to mark the beginning of the Legal Year, on Sunday 14 October at 10:30am at Liverpool Cathedral. If you would like to attend the service, please contact Gill Burrows on gillmburrows@aol.com . The Athenaeum will be opening at midday, and will be holding a lunch for members and attendees of the service (details can be found here) https://theathenaeum.org.uk/event/judges-service-sunday-lunch/. If you are attending the Judges’ Service but are not a Member of the Club, please contact reception (0151 709 7770 / reception@theathenaeum.org.uk) to book your place for the lunch.


For Your Information

On Friday, 28th September, the Club will be closed from 3:00pm to accommodate a Proprietor’s Function.

On Wednesday 12 December the Dining Room will be closed for a private function. The Newsroom will remain open as usual on this day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


***Events advertised are available to Members of the Athenaeum and their guests, for further information about membership of the Club please see www.theathenaeum.org.uk/membership, or alternatively call us on 0151 709 7770. If you are in Liverpool, why not drop in for a chat?


Heritage Open Day




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 ‘Writer-In-Residence’ Award 2014-15


 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.

In partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Echo & Radio Merseyside the Athenaeum has created an annual writing award for young people:

The Athenaeum Writer-In Residence Award

 The Award

The Award Includes;

v    Designation as Writer – In – Residence for one year

v    Prize of £1,000

v    Publication of the winning entry in the Liverpool Echo

v    There is an Opportunity to produce and publish two articles, essays or poems via Radio Merseyside & The Liverpool Echo.

v    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.



The award is open to all young people who will be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the 16th November 2014, 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.


Entries via your school or direct are acceptable.

The Closing date for entries is Sunday 16th November 2014.

 The Selection Process


The judges will select finalists by 3rd December 2014. The chosen finalists will be invited to a reception at the Athenaeum on 10th December 2014 at 6:30pm.

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 16th January 2015.

The winner of the Writer In Residence Award will be announced on 18th February 2015.

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


Contact: Mr Moran, The Athenaeum, Church Alley, Liverpool, L1 3DD. Tel: 0151 709 7770

Email: reception@theathenaeum.org.uk              Fax: 0151 709 0418