Liverpool Civic Service League Report

  Overview The Liverpool Civic Service League was established three years prior to the First World War in response to the 1911 General Transport Strike.  Headed by a Managing Committee comprised of leading members of the business and civic community, the League was described by the inaugural Chairman, Frank J. Leslie, as an “organisation of … Read more

Real or Fake?

The survey on Robert Gladstone’s collection continues and still manages to surprise us! Whilst looking through yet another card index box I found an unassuming envelope with a ‘Christ Medal’ contained within. A Christ medal was worn to show a sign of faith and ours shows Jesus on one side and Hebrew text on the … Read more

News from the Archive

We are currently in the process of surveying the Athenaeum’s collection of archives and we have found some real treasures. Within Robert Gladstone’s collection we have found a complete series of minute books from the Liverpool Civic Service League. It seems nobody knew we had these lurking in our stacks and we think they could … Read more

Shady Goings On In The Library

Shady Goings on in the Library On the 25th of February more than ninety Proprietors and guests crowded the Athenaeum for the annual Library dinner, a black tie event that that attracts more and more people each year.  After assembling in the Newsroom the guests moved upstairs to the luxurious dining room for a meal … Read more

New Library Purchases

Recently the antiquarian bookshop in the Bluecoat has had a number of early book on Liverpool in.  The Library has bought two.  The first is the script of a farce played at the Theatre Royal entitled ‘The Liverpool Prize’ written by the Irish actor and dramatist Frederick Pilon who lived between 1750 and 1788.  The … Read more