The Brassey Institute, a library lives on… #Brassey #library #Victorians #history #books #culture #Hastings #art

This fine, extensively and carefully restored Victorian building, The Brassey Institute (see photo) is the Hastings local library and has just newly re-opened. It stands in the Bohemian quarter of Hastings, in the so-called area, America Ground, 5 minutes from the award-winning new Hastings Pier, beside record and music stores – Hastings loves its music scene too.

It was designed as a multi-purpose building (built 1878-81) for Thomas Brassey, a hugely wealthy railways man. As well as accommodation and private suites for himself, there was a Lecture Hall, Library, Museum and a School Of Art and Science.

In 1888 Mr Brassey presented the building to the town of Hastings.

Today, in 2018, 130 extraordinary years later, the Brassey Institute is a 21st century clean, interactive Library and has just accepted my first book,

‘The Case Of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V. Barnwell onto its beaming shelves.

Once again Hastings has battled to preserve its heritage and I am proud to be a part of its literature section and to entertain and enthral the next keen readers who come through its doors.

The mosaics above the entrance hall depict The Battle Of Hastings and the iron gates at the front are purportedly from St Paul’s Cathedral. There is history and culture all around. This library, from the history books, now lives on…

Poem, Poem on the wall! #theMADmuseum

Thank you to the wonderfully creative and supportive people at The MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) museum in Stratford upon Avon who have framed my poem and screwed it tightly to the wall to greet happy visitors, locals, tourists and eccentrics from young to old.
This is a fascinating and ingenious museum – minutes from Shakespeare’s birthplace.
One town, many worlds!

MAD museum!


From December 2013 Kate’s poems are being featured in the MAD (Mechanics, Art and Design) museum in its new premises at

4-5 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6PT

The poems are located in a specialist booth.  Using a touch screen you can listen via headphones to the entire CD of works!

The book and CD are available to buy in the museum shop.

Kate also wrote a special poem for the MAD museum which is printed on nearby posters and is also featured on the brochures which are distributed all over the local region.

The MAD museum is the only one of its kind in the UK, attracting over 200 visitors a day!  It is a wondeful example of creativity and design, encouraging innovative ideas with ingenius spirit.  Its founder is award winning entrepreneur Richard Simmons.

Stratford upon Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company.