New Facility at Gladstone's Library

Robinson RoomGladstone’s Library has launched a new conference/meeting room – the Robinson Room.

An audience of the Friends of the Library were invited to share a celebratory evening to launch the facility which also saw the launch of the Robinson-Spong Lectureship and the official unveiling of a batik piece of artwork which portrays the inside of the Library (the Theology Room) in its full glory.

The new conference facility has been designed to be ideal for small meetings and training seminars and can accommodate up to six delegates seated around a boardroom style table. This recently refurbished room provides a charming addition to the Library’s conference facilities and is equipped with a digital television and computer with internet access.

“We have a lot of requests from businesses, organisations and societies in the area looking for a small room that they can hire for their meetings and events, so it made sense to tailor a facility to meet this demand” explained Peter Francis, Warden at Gladstone’s Library.

The Robinson-Spong Lectureship is a new addition to the Library’s scholarships and bursaries and will allow funding to be available to enable progressive Christian theologians to lecture and lead short courses at the Library.

“It is named after Bishop John AT Robinson and Bishop John Shelby Spong” explains Peter Francis. “They share many connections but maybe the most important is their passionate concern with the truth. It is a concern that we at Gladstone’s Library also share. We hope that by setting up this Lectureship and providing people with the opportunity to listen to some of the leading liberal theologians of our day, we will be continuing the work of two men who have inspired many people to look at their faith in a new light.”

Artist, Buffy Robinson, performed the official opening of the Robinson Room, which has been named after her father, John A.T. Robinson. His collection was bequeathed to the Library last year.