Preserving the pages: fundraising update

We recently told you about a very important project we are fundraising for and thought we should share an update…

Our library books are in need of some first aid / conservation work and we have now, thanks to your donations, arranged for our conservator to start this work in the winter months ahead.

First aid for books!

First aid for books!

Many of our visitors have contributed by buying a short guide to some of the library collection. The sale of these booklets have now raised over £1000! With another month before we reduce our opening for the winter, we’re hoping that we can get a few more pennies (and pounds) in the donations pot…

Added to that is the £1000 donation we received from a private donor and a very generous £2,500 donation from the Coventry National Trust Centre.

The current plan is that the private donation will go towards conserving the Shakespeare Folio in a studio, and the gift from the Coventry Centre will go towards conserving the Ortelius which currently cannot be removed from the shelves as it is so fragile.

©NTPL/Angelo Hornak A double page spread of Orbis Terrarum (Atlas) map by Ortelius at Charlecote Park. Picture shows an early map of The Americas

©NTPL/Angelo Hornak
A double page spread of Orbis Terrarum (Atlas) map by Ortelius at Charlecote Park. Picture shows an early map of The Americas

The Second Folio, London, (1632) printed by Tho.Cotes for Robert Allot, in the Library at Charlecote Park

The Second Folio, London, (1632) printed by Tho.Cotes for Robert Allot, in the Library at Charlecote Park

As you can see then, these generous donations are remarkably significant for us and we are incredibly grateful to all those people who have supported us.

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If you would like to find out more about how you can help us raise further funds for this vital work, please get in touch.

We are running some special events to give you an insight into the treasures we have in our library. We have spaces on our Book Talks  taking place on 11 November 2015. Book your place by calling our property office on 01789 470 277.

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