Liverpool celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of William Gladstone (UK)

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Over 100 people gathered to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Liverpool-born, four-time British Prime Minister William Gladstone on Tuesday.

A wreath was laid at the Gladstone memorial in St John’s Gardens before a specially commissioned exhibition dedicated to his life and work was opened in St George’s Hall, less then a mile from his birthplace.

Items on show in the Grade I-listed building include diaries and books from the Grand Old Man’s career, newspaper cuttings of the Victorian day and a bust donated by Liverpool John Moores University.

The exhibition in the Gladstone Gallery runs until March 27, 2010.

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