St Deniol’s Library This summer I visited Gladstone’s Library, St Deniol’s at Hawarden in Flintshire. Staying for a few nights for a conference, the experience was quite unique – I have never been to a residential library with accommodation before, and the setting and atmosphere could aptly be described (to steal a phrase used by … More Gladstone’s Library, St Deniol’s – Vicky Morrisroe
On the 21-23 June I attended a three-day residential conference on Edward Augustus Freeman: The Life and Times of a Victorian Intellectual. Held at the beautiful Gladstone Library in Hawarden, the conference explored various aspects of the life of Freeman (1823-92) – a much neglected author of works of history, architecture, geography and poetry. Having … More Edward Augustus Freeman: The Life and Times of a Victorian Intellectual
I am currently working on a research project on the life and work of Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). A central figure in early nineteenth-century British life, Arnold was a leading Liberal Anglican theologian, headmaster of Rugby School (1828-41), and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford (1841-2). Despite Arnold’s significance, scholarly interest has not been extensive … More “One vast and fearful struggle”: Thomas Arnold and the Social Progress of Nations.