Give books and help save a collection

We need to raise funds for specialist conservators to help us repair and care for around 3,500 books in our care and you can help us…

The Library at Charlecote Park is one of the best libraries in the care of the National Trust and contains many rare and important volumes. As beautiful as it looks, our riverside location creates damp which can prove disastrous for old papers.

Len in the library at Charlecote

Specialist conservation work comes at quite a cost and with so many books needing attention, it is a long process too.

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But how can you help?

There are  some very easy ways you can support our work: Continue reading

Recipe: Earl Grey tea sorbet

We thought we’d share with you another recipe. This is particularly good on hot summer afternoons…

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We’re told that the secret to a good tea sorbet is the infusion. Recipes usually tell you to add boiling water but this recipes warns against this! It recommends soaking the tea in cold water overnight instead. This should give a good flavour and none of the bitter tannin. It also suggests experimenting with teas and various fruits as the tast combinations are a revelation!

Ingredients (to make approx. 1l or 4 cups)
3 tbsp Earl Grey tea-leaves*
625ml water
300ml Sugar Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon, strained

* If you use tea bags rather than leaves, use 4.

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

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Reblogged: ‘Winter stories at Charlecote’

A few weeks ago we held another of our Book Talks here at Charlecote. They were very well attended and we are planning to run more in April 2016 (more info will soon appear on the website about that). One of our guests on the book talk has written this lovely post on The Shakespeare Blog. Continue reading

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. Continue reading