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

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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

Book talks : Learn more about our Library…

line scrollDid 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

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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!

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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.

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Preserving the pages: Selling books to conserve books!

In July, we’re raising money for the Library through our 2nd Hand Book Shop. From 1st July-8th July 2015 all proceeds from the 2nd hand bookshop will go directly to our book conservation fund.

But why do we need to raise money for the Library? Or more specifically, for conservators?

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We have 3,500 books in our library. They are more than shelf fillers. They’re a very special part of our collection. Many of the books are full of handwritten inscriptions and annotations. These little notes were written by the members of the Lucy family who read the books.

In amongst the Racing Calendars and novels are some very special gems. Did you know that we have a Shakespeare Second Folio, an illuminated 14th Century Book of Hours and a copy of Erasmus given by the author to King Henry VIII?

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Family records preserved in our Library

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‘An account of the Charlecote Burglary’

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The Lucys of Charlecote By Mary Elizabeth Lucy

We’d like to make these books more accessible to all our visitors and are currently looking at different ways of doing this.

It can be quite a challenge looking after such a number of rare and important volumes! At the moment we’re trying to raise funds to enable us to look after these books, many of which need specialist care and repair from specialist conservators.

First aid for books!

First aid for books!

So if you’re visiting at this time, please do pop in to our bookshop. Take some time to look through our donated books and perhaps buy one or two knowing your loose change is making a real change for our collection. We also have a collection pot in the Library along with more information on the project and our wonderful treasures. Look out for more of our fundraising activities throughout the year!