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Unsilencing the Library

An exciting reinterpretation of Compton Verney's Women's Library

Wed 28 JuneSun 17 December, 11.00am – 5.00pm

‘Unsilencing the Library’ opens 28 June.

This exciting reinterpretation, developed jointly with Oxford University, reimagines the Women’s Library which was created in around 1860 by Georgiana Verney, wife of the reclusive 17th Lord Willoughby de Broke.

Georgiana was an enthusiastic champion of women’s reading, women’s education and ultimately, women’s suffrage, and this reinterpretation invites you to sit down, learn about Georgiana, the history of the room, and about what women read in the late Victorian era.

You can also browse through the books chosen by our six guest curators – who range from actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to students from nearby Kineton High School.  You can even buy any – or all – of their book choices in the gift shop.

The women’s library is located in the Morning Room (beyond what is now the British portraits gallery).

FREE for Members and Annual Pass holders

Access to the library is included in DAY TICKET admission


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