The annual Cranston Lecture is the main source of income to provide for the continual professional restoration of the books and the upkeep of the library. It is usually held towards the end of October in St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate. The library is open to those attending and there is a display of books, including those that have been recently repaired.
Recent lectures have included:
Giles Mandelbrote, A Tale of Two Libraries: Lambeth Palace and Sion College in the 17th century
Sean Hawkins: The Rev. John Newman Harrison (1815-1901): a Quest
Hilary Ely, “…a Guinea with which was bought …”: Subscribers to Andrew Cranston’s Reigate Publick Library
Dr Keith Manley, Bodies in the Library: the Family Library of Agatha Christie
Penelope Horsfall, William Penn, Quaker (1644-1718): a visitor to Surrey, especially Reigate
Michael Heneker, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” – a Legal Romp
Christianna Thompson, The English Atlas of the Late Seventeenth Century
Dr Andrea Thomas, A Historical Calumny: George Buchanan’s ‘Detection of Mary Queen of Scots’
Dr Andrea Thomas, Martin Luther and the Reformation after 500 Years
Sean Hawkins, Thomas Martin and Reigate’s Second Public Library
To see a full list of all previous Cranston Lectures please click here.
THE CRANSTON LECTURE 2018 took place
AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, CHART LANE, REIGATE AT 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
on Monday 15 October 2018
Margaret Willes: John Evelyn’s Polyglot Bible
Hilary Ely: Gutenberg’s Revolution: manuscript to print on the shelves of the Cranston Library
MARGARET WILLES was the Publisher at the National Trust before retiring and writing books. Her first book was Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books and her latest is The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. In her talk she will look at the history of biblical scholarship, printing technology and 17th century culture that lie behind the production of the English Polyglot Bible.
HILARY ELY retired in 2011 after a career of almost 40 years in public libraries. She has been a trustee of the Cranston Library since 1992, and is currently Chairman of the Trustees. To mark 550 years since the death of Gutenberg, she will trace the early history of printing through examples found on the shelves of the Cranston Library.
If you would like to be included on our mailing or emailing list for the lectures, please contact:
Mrs Hilary Ely
9 Windermere Way
The Library opens to the public every year on a Saturday of the Heritage Open Days weekends in September. The 2019 open day takes place on Saturday 21 September 2019, 10am to 4pm.