The Garrison Library of Gibraltar is no ordinary library. Its founding was due to the perceptive Colonel John Drinkwater, author of one of the most famous histories of the Great Siege of Gibraltar, which lasted from 1779–1783: A History of the Late Siege of Gibraltar. Having suffered from a lack of reading material during the siege, Colonel Drinkwater saw the need for a good circulating library and club as a means of saving the officers of the garrison from “having their minds enervated and vitiated by dissipation”.
Situated just off the main shopping street and opposite one of Gibraltar’s finest hotels, with a large tropical terraced garden and patio, it is the perfect Gibraltar location for hosting social functions and weddings. In 2013 and 2014 it has served as the epicentre for Gibraltar's Literary Festival.
There are tours of the library every Friday at 1100 hours. These are free of charge but donations are welcome.
For further details concerning the library contact:
Gibraltar Garrison Library
2 Library Gardens
Tel: +350 20077418
An excellent jam session of jazz music every Thursday evening as from 2100 hours at the O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel, Governor's Parade.
Venue: Main Street from John Mackintosh Hall to Casemates Square and back.
Start time: 1200 hours (weather permitting)
Since the capture of the Rock in 1704, the Keys of Gibraltar have symbolised the possession of the Fortress by Great Britain. The Keys have come to be regarded as the seals of office of the Governor and as such are handed over from one Governor to the next.
During the Great Siege (1779-1783) the Governor, General Elliot wore the keys at his belt constantly except when he handed them to the Port Sergeant. As the Sunset Gun was fired, the Port Sergeant, accompanied by an armed escort, would lock the gates in the North Wall at Landport, Waterport and Chatham Wicket. The keys would be returned to the Governor. The following morning the Port Sergeant would collect the keys again, reopen the gates and hand back the keys to the Governor for safe keeping.After peace was restored in 1783, drums and fifes accompanied the Port Sergeant and his escort to warn aliens to leave the Rock before the gates were closed. This procedure was carried out each evening without interruption for approximately 140 years until discontinued some time after the First World War.
Every Saturday morning a group of dedicated volunteers parade down the Main Street in period costume reviving this ceremony of the keys, a colourful event which adds flavour to the bustle in town on Saturday mornings.
Venue: Caleta Hotel Time: 1730 hours
The Valerga Brothers Live Music at The Caleta Hotel. Regular bar service and food available, everyone welcome.