Calderstones Mansion House is to be established as The Reader's international flagship project for Shared Reading, a model reading community.
The Mansion House will become a hub of reading for pleasure and wellbeing in the beautiful, peaceful and welcoming environment of Calderstones Park, for the local community, the wider city of Liverpool, the rest of the UK and beyond to read, learn, play, make new friends and find new opportunities.
The Reader will create a working community based on reading that will help people reach their full potential through employment, volunteering and training opportunities.
And our plans for the Mansion are already underway...
Since establishing a 125 years lease with Liverpool City Council in September 2014, The Reader have secured a £1.9 million investment from Heritage Lottery Fund, match funded from other trusts and funds to begin the transformation of this building.
This means that the Manion House will soon close its doors temporarily as the refurb gets underway but you can keep up to date with progress through the Calderstones blog, Twitter and Facebook. And The Reader will still hold a physical presence in the park at our HQ in the Coach House.
We have already welcomed thousands of visitors of all ages to Calderstones to enjoy regular Shared Reading groups, exhibitions, heritage tours, outdoor theatre productions from touring companies such as Shakespeare's Globe, our first Children's Literature Festival and many more special events.
Reading groups will continue to run at another location on site during the renovation and The Reader presence in the park will still be felt through our thriving Social Enterprises, the Café, Gallery, Ice Cream Parlour and our interactive children's centre The Storybarn.
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