The History of Leith

January 18, 2009

Gladstone Bicentenary

The life and work of William Ewart Gladstone (29th December 1809 – 19th May 1898), known as the Grand Old Man of British politics, will be remembered in a series of events throughout 2009 starting with a seminar and reception at the Foreign Press Association featuring speakers, Lord Hattersley and Professor Richard Aldous. The bicentenary celebrations are being led by St Deiniol’s Library, which Gladstone founded in 1894 near his home in Hawarden, North Wales, with 32,000 of his own books; it is the National Memorial to Gladstone.
Peter Francis, Warden of St Deiniol’s Library, which is the UK’s only residential library and attracts academics, writers and students from around the world, said: ‘Gladstone is still regarded as one of the greatest British Prime Ministers; his contribution to the very fabric of politics is remarkable as was his commitment to human rights, shown by his deep concern for justice in Ireland and his horror of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. ‘Throughout 2009 St Deiniol’s, in conjunction with many organisations associated with Gladstone, will be celebrating his life and achievements, starting with a seminar at the Foreign Press Association, which was Gladstone’s London home.’
The official launch of the bicentenary celebrations will be attended by representatives of Eton College, Christ Church Oxford, National Liberal Club, Bulgarian Embassy, Dollis Hill House Trust and members of the Gladstone family.

source-Churches Together in England

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