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ARLG-London & South-East free visit to the Garrick Club Library
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When: 23/02/2018
Where: Garrick Club Library
15 Garrick Street
London, London  WC2E 9AY
United Kingdom
Contact: David Lass

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The guided tour will be conducted by the Librarian, Dr Moira Goff. Please note that the visit is only to the Library, and not a tour of the Club and its art works.

The Club was founded in 1831 by a group of literary enthusiasts, under the patronage of the king’s brother the Duke of Sussex, with the aim of providing a meeting place for actors, patrons of the drama, & the facilities of a literary society, dining & social club. It was named after the famous 18th century actor David Garrick, (1717-1779), & included celebrated authors such as Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, composers such as Elgar, Sullivan, & artists namely Millais, Leighton & Rossetti, & actors Macready, Kemble, Beerbohm-Tree, & Forbes-Robertson.

It now has around 1300 members, including some of the most distinguished actors & dramatists currently working in the UK. The Club includes an important theatrical library, illustrating the history of British theatre, with more than 10,000 books, manuscripts, playbills, theatre programmes & ephemera, with some special collections devoted to the 18th-19th centuries, which can be checked in its online catalogue. The Library also includes the Garrick Club Archive, & some small archives devote to particular writers, & scrapbooks related to the life & career of David Garrick. & other contemporary actors.

For further details, please consult its website

Attendees should speak to the Hall Porter at his lodge inside the entrance doors, on their arrival at the Club by 10.55 am.

There is a maximum of 12 attendees for our visit with free admission, so would you please book your place by the deadline of Friday February 16th, & send your details to:

David Lass, Hon, Secretary, the ARLG-LASE Region Committee, e-mail:

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