Please note due to the installation of Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, our British Portraits Gallery and Women's Library will be closed until Thursday 26 May. Portrait Artist of the Year and our other permanent collections will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Women’s Library

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‘Reading is a right, a privilege and a pleasure that women have had to fight for. The shared bookshelf reminds us that we still must.’ Margo Jefferson

Our Women’s Library is one of the few parts of Compton Verney to have survived intact from the nineteenth century. Created around 1860 by Georgiana Verney, who was mistress of Compton Verney and a champion of women’s reading, education and suffrage, today it is a space for discovery and reflection. In the spirit of Georgiana, each year we invite guest curators to choose a selection of books they have found inspirational or enjoyable to fill the shelves, all of which are available to buy in our shop.

FREE for Members and Annual Pass holders

Access to the library is included in DAY TICKET admission

The Women’s Library is open Tuesday – Sunday and bank holidays, 11am – 5pm