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Unsilencing the Library

Re-interpretation of Compton Verney's Women's Library

Sat 17 June – Sun 17 December 2017, 11am – 5pm

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In June we will launch our much-anticipated re-interpretation of the Victorian Women’s Library, originally installed by Georgiana, the wife of the 17th Lord Willoughby de Broke in the mansion’s Morning Room c.1860.

Georgiana was an enthusiastic advocate of women’s reading and education, and her library is a very rare surviving example. The project has been developed in collaboration with the Department of English at Oxford University who will invite curators as diverse as Emma Watson and a prison reading group to curate a set of shelves in the room for one year.

The library still needs funding for new furniture and conservation work, but we are hugely grateful to both the Humanities Division at Oxford University and the Country Houses Foundation for supporting this project.

TORCH Oxford

Included in Collections and Park admission.