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The Reader at Calderstones

Mansion Exterior

We're transforming Calderstones Mansion House into The Reader's International Centre for Shared Reading.

Until the House is built

And then the Props withdraw

And adequate, erect,

The House supports itself…

The Props Assist the House, Emily Dickinson

In 2014, The Reader signed a 125 year lease with Liverpool City Council with a view to developing the International Centre for Shared Reading in the historic Mansion House and establishing our Reader HQ and social enterprises in the old Coach House and Courtyard buildings.  

Since then we have completed the first of an ambitious three phase development, opening The Reader Ice Cream Parlour (2015) and our interactive children's story centre The Storybarn (2016) in the Courtyard. We have also secured nearly £4 million investment from Heritage Lottery Fund and other trusts and funds to implement phase two, the redevelopment and transformation of the historic Mansion House and the restoration of the Neolithic standing stones from which the park takes it's name.

The International Centre for Shared Reading

The building will become a hub of Shared Reading and well-being in the beautiful, peaceful environment of Calderstones Park – a destination which will welcome visitors for the local community, the wider city of Liverpool, the UK and beyond.  

With new businesses, an expanded café and the restoration of the Neolithic Calder Stones from which the park takes it's name, The Reader are building a community which will provide opportunities for people to reach their full potential through employment, volunteering and training opportunities. 

We have already welcomed thousands of visitors of all ages to Calderstones to enjoy regular Shared Reading groups, exhibitions, heritage tours, outdoor theatre productions and many special events such as our first Children's Literature Festival.  

Calder Stones

The Mansion House has now closed its doors temporarily to allow the refurb to get under way but there's still plenty going on at Calderstones.

Weekly Shared Reading groups will continue in the Gallery space and Coach House, and our thriving social enterprises, The Gallery, Café and Ice Cream Parlour, will remain open for business throughout the redevelopment. The Storybarn will also continue to welcome children to explore, share and discover a love of books and storytelling. 

You can keep up to date with how the redevelopment is progressing and all the goings on at Calderstones through our blog, Twitter and Facebook. 


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