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’
To see a full list of all previous Cranston Lectures please click here.
THE CRANSTON LECTURE 2017 will take place
AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, CHART LANE, REIGATE AT 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
on Monday 16 October 2017
Dr Andrea Thomas: Martin Luther and the Reformation after 500 Years
Sean Hawkins: Thomas Martin and Reigate’s Second Public Library
DR ANDREA THOMAS studied history at Somerville College, Oxford, and produced a doctoral thesis in Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked primarily as a schoolteacher but also maintains her research interests. She is the author of Princelie Majestie: The Court of James V of Scotland, 1528-1542 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005) and Glory and Honour: The Renaissance in Scotland (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2013). She has had the great privilege to be a trustee of the Cranston Library since 2003.
SEAN HAWKINS was a bookseller in Reigate for over forty years and maintains a keen interest in the history of the town. He has been a trustee of the Cranston Library since 2007.
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 the Saturday of the Heritage Open Days weekend in September. The 2017 open day takes place on Saturday 9 September 2017, 10am to 4pm.