Bromley House Library

Established 1816


Bromley House Library Members Art Exhibition 2017

Bromley House Library Members’ Art Exhibition, September – November 2017

Following the very successful Secret Postcard Show held in 2016, our anniversary year, we are reverting to our usual format for this year’s Bromley House Library Members’ Exhibition.

Many new library members have joined us since our last members’ show in 2015, and we would like to encourage all those who enjoy creating artwork to take part.

As in previous years, you are invited to submit up to 4 pieces of work. (Depending on the number of submissions, not all work may be accepted). To cover the cost of prizes and a launch event, there will be a hanging fee of £5 for a single piece of work, and £10 for two or more pieces (payable on delivery).

Our open exhibitions have always been very popular, and exhibitors often sell their work. Both previous exhibitors and anyone who has not taken part before - do consider joining in, to make this another successful event!

Application forms available in the library and to download from our website

Nottingham Young Creative Awards

Bromley House Library sponsored a 6 month young person's membership as an award for the 18 - 24 age group in the Creative Writing Category. The prize winner was Hannah Hall who recently visited the library, I asked her to write a few words about her first impressions.

'Falling Down the Rabbit Hole in Nottingham'

Finding Bromley House

Strolling up to Angel Row, Nottingham on Saturday morning I was confused as to where this ‘Bromley House Library’ could possibly be. I knew Angel Row like the back of my hand, and had walked through it on many occasions. And yet, I had no idea where Bromley House was. It was then that I noticed a tall, Victorian-style doorway, with a grand sign above it, practically enticing me inside. Had I found it? As I tentatively walked inside I met the absolutely lovely Geraldine Gray, who had the task of being my rabbit to this wonderland, and gosh had I fallen down the rabbit hole. This library was a mesmerising sea of old books, stunning paintings and spiral staircases.; it was a Tardis-like maze full of character and history, which was exactly the same for the staff members that worked there, who blended into the very fabric of the place due to their passion and knowledge on its every detail.

As I toured around the building my mouth hung agape at the rooms that just kept on going and going, the rare and fascinating literature, the hauntingly charming attic rooms, and the breath-taking gardens which seemed so out of place in the middle of Nottingham’s centre. It was akin to being transported to the past, a place frozen in time, but nevertheless a place where I very much felt at home and welcomed. The fact that I knew nothing of the library before only made it more magical, a place only known to those who already know where it is, like a treasure island, or platform 9 ¾. Needless to say I had a wonderful time and am very excited to begin my membership within its walls, and if those walls could talk... I would urge everyone to go and soak in its beauty as it is a monument that defines why Nottingham remains a quirky, creative, and historical hotspot. I strongly feel that finding this little world was fate, and I am so grateful to the library and to the Young Creative Awards for introducing me to it.
Hannah Hall

Closure for May 2017 Bank Holiday

The library will be closed on Saturday 27 May, Monday 29 May and Tuesday 30 May

Sherlock Holmes and The mystery of the missing telephone

Nottingham Trent University lecturer Sarah Jackson recently appeared on BBC Arts online with a short film on Sherlock Holmes and his use of technology. Sarah investigates why it took so long for Sherlock to pick up the telephone. The film was shot entirely at Bromley House Library

The mystery of the missing telephone

This film will be available after the election 

Jim Grainger - Photographer in Residence

Jim Grainger is running a further wet plate collodion process demonstration on June 2nd. For further details go to our News or Events Page


Marmots in the Arctic

We have some wonderful books in our travel collection which have benefited from being rebound with funds from our 'Adopt a book scheme'. Read more about a 2 volume work 'Narrative of a journey to the shores of the Arctic Ocean 1833-5 by Richard King on our recent blog