The Athenaeum was founded in 1797 and has an atmosphere unrivalled in the City of Liverpool. It provides a distinguished setting for dinners, lunches and receptions – the perfect place to entertain friends, visitors and clients. At the heart of the Athenaeum is its famous library. The reading room of the Library has been called “one of the handsomest rooms in Europe”. It is frequently used as a TV and film location.
The Library has some 60,000 items in stock in the reading room and on two floors, one of which is glass. A further three bookcases stand in the Newsroom and Committee Room, housing rare books and the Roscoe Collection.
The Lord Lieutenant and Mr Muirhead, together with the High Sheriff and Mrs Davies were principal guests.