Did you know we have one of the top libraries in the National Trust? It is one of the rooms our visitors always comment on. There really is something very special about this room.
We’ve been to lots of National Trust houses this year, and one library is much the same as the other. But this one? This one had us exhaling a breathy gasp at just how olde’ worldy it was, with a strong ‘gentlemans’ feel to it. Rows upon rows of encyclopedias and statutes are lined behind wire, and everywhere you look is plush fabric and intricate carvings.
Hardy & Hay, August 2015
We’ve some very special books on those shelves…
Our books have been collected by the Lucy family over four centuries. Many include personal inscriptions inside. We have Milton’s Paradise Lost, Culpepper’s Practise of Physick, an illuminated 14th Century Book of Hours and a copy of Erasmus given by the author to King Henry VIII – to name but a few!
Find out more
Later this year we are offering visitors the chance to enjoy exclusive access to our Great Hall and Library by attending a book talk. You’ll get the opportunity to see some of the volumes close up after hearing talks from our knowledgeable volunteer team.
These talks are taking place on the following Wednesday afternoons between 12noon – 3pm:
11th November 2nd December (Worth noting that on this date you’ll get a sneak peek at the Christmas decorations that will be adorning the Great Hall AND our conservator, Caroline, will be in the Library working on some of the collection!)
It can get quite cold in the house during the winter months so we’d recommend you dress warmly!
The Charlecote library is pretty stunning, and I hope lots of people go to find out more about it …
Mark Purcell, Former National Trust Libraries Curator
Preserving the pages
We are in the process of raising money for conservation on some of our books. Many of them need specialist care and repair from conservators. Donations towards this work are gratefully received. We have a collection pot in the Library along with more information on the project and a booklet about our wonderful treasures which can be bought for a suggested donation of £1. Look out for more of our fundraising activities and news throughout the year!