The Reader will transform Calderstones Mansion House into an international flagship project for shared reading, a model reading community. This is for everyone; we want people from the local area, the wider city of Liverpool, the rest of the UK and beyond to read, learn, play, make new friends and find new opportunities here.
As of September 2014, we have signed a lease with Liverpool City Council for Calderstones Mansion House giving us residency of the building for 125 years.
We have been working within the Mansion House since securing preferred bidder status from Liverpool City Council in January 2013. Since then, we've been welcoming thousands of visitors of all ages to enjoy shared reading groups, heritage tours and many more special events for the community.
Other significant steps in the regeneration of the Mansion House have included opening a thriving social enterprise cafe, reopening the Gallery space to host passionate local artists and utilising the beautiful 'secret garden' of the Mansion House for theatre productions by Shakespeare's Globe and other companies, as well as for our first Children's Literature Festival.
The Mansion House will continue to be open whilst it undergoes future changes, not only with its shared reading groups and activities but also rentable offices, catered events spaces and regular seasonal events.
Come along to a reading group, attend an event, become a volunteer or let us know your thoughts on the development - we'd love to hear from you.
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