The Athenaeum Liverpool is a private members' club, founded in 1797 as a gentlemens' club with the intention to provide its members with the latest newspapers and pamphlets. Furthermore, a library for the use of the merchants and professional men in the city was created and so the Athenaeum became a pleasant meeting place for the exchange of ideas and information.
The Athenaeum Library is in the centre of the Athenaeum; the reading room is frequently used as a TV and film location. The Library has some 60,000 items in stock in the reading room, on two floors, one of which is glass. A further three bookcases stand in the Newsroom and Committee Room housing rare books and the Roscoe Collection.
- Monday to Tuesday 9am – 4pm
- Wednesday to Friday 9am – 9pm
Opening times may vary for private functions.
Address and contact
Liverpool L1 3DD
Telephone: 0151 709 7770
Fax: 0151 709 0418
We are able to use the Athenaeum premises for teaching and research events, including an annual public lecture and associated workshop for postgraduates and early-career researchers.
National Museums, Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool (NML) is a diverse group of museums and galleries. Its collections are among the most important and varied in Europe, and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic and artefacts from ancient Egypt.
Address and contact
National Museums Liverpool
127 Dale Street
Telephone: 0151 207 0001
International telephone: +44 151 207 0001
General enquiries about National Museums Liverpool
Steering committee member Pauline Rushton is the curator of costumes and textiles in the Walker Art Gallery and responsible for Western European dress and textiles, medieval ivories, toys and dolls and Western European musical instruments. Pauline's special interest lies in fashion and textiles from 1700 to the present day, her feature on Getting Dressed in the 18th Century features the popular short video that shows how a well-off woman was dressed by her maid servant at that time.
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