Lost library of Peckover House wins £10,000 funding to restore “valuable and significant” collection

PUBLISHED: 10:22 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:22 26 October 2018

A £10,000 grant has been awarded to Peckover House to restore a lost library and see items from an historical collection return to Wisbech. Picture: DAVID KIRKHAM

A £10,000 grant has been awarded to Peckover House to restore a lost library and see items from an historical collection return to Wisbech. Picture: DAVID KIRKHAM

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A £10,000 grant has been awarded to Peckover House to restore a lost library and see items from an historical collection return to Wisbech for the first time in more than 50 years.

A £10,000 grant has been awarded to Peckover House to restore a lost library and see items from an historical collection return to Wisbech. Picture: NATIONAL TRUSTA £10,000 grant has been awarded to Peckover House to restore a lost library and see items from an historical collection return to Wisbech. Picture: NATIONAL TRUST

The funding from the National Lottery will see a new exhibition celebrate avid collector Lord Peckover and his lost library.

The “valuable and significant” collection includes rare and early bibles, medieval manuscripts, atlases and literature which reflect his Quaker faith and philanthropic interests.

Ben Rickett, operations manager at Peckover House, said: “2019 marks 100 years since the death of Lord Peckover and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate his life and tell the story of his lost library.

“Peckover came into the care of the National Trust in 1948, without its contents, and among the most precious items to have been dispersed and sold at auction was Lord Peckover’s book collection.

“We’re excited about this new exhibition, which will see the library redisplayed and some of those lost treasures return for the first time.”

Many of Lord Peckover’s books were bought by private collectors and museums.

Working with Wisbech Museum, University College London, Colchester and Ipswich Museum and the Blackburn Museum, a number of books will be on loan to the National Trust for the new exhibition.

The books will go on display in the library, which was added to the house by Lord Peckover himself.

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “We’re delighted to support this project which will tell the story of Lord Peckover’s library.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, local people can get involved in activities to explore, share and celebrate this fascinating heritage.”

The new exhibition, Peckover’s lost library will open in March 2019. The project will also see a programme of themed book events and community projects throughout the year.

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