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
Margaret Willes, John Evelyn’s Polyglot Bible
Hilary Ely, Gutenberg’s Revolution: manuscript to print on the shelves of the Cranston Library
To see a full list of all previous Cranston Lectures please click here.
THE CRANSTON LECTURE 2019 takes place
AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, CHART LANE, REIGATE AT 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
on Monday 21st October 2019
John, Lord Somers (1650-1716): Our Number One Trustee of 1708. Lawyer, Politician, Statesman.
Lord Chancellor 1697-1700
The Binding And Decoration Of Early Books
Refreshments will be served in the interval. There will be an exhibition of books from the library in the chancel, and the library will be open for viewing after the lecture.
PENELOPE HORSFALL has lived in “Reigate Foreign” (i.e. Redhill) since 1967, is an Honorary Alderman of our Borough, and has been a trustee of the Cranston Library since 1992.
NICK COWLISHAW served a six-year hand bookbinding apprenticeship which he completed in 1968. After working for several companies at home and abroad he was appointed full-time lecturer in bookbinding at the London College of Printing. In 1996 Nick and his wife Charlotte established their own hand bookbinding workshop in Reigate and have worked on the conservation and restoration of the books in the Cranston Library for the past 20 years.
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.