World Book Day weekend at Blickling Estate

The library at Blickling Hall, Norfolk

This spring, not only are we excited to celebrate World Book Day weekend at Blickling Estate, but throughout the year we're exploring the intriguing story of our 18th-century long gallery library.

Join in the fun

On Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 March 2018 we welcome our visitors to come dressed as their favourite literary characters and spend their £1 book tokens on a range of titles that we have to offer.

World Book Day 2018

The story of the library

Blickling’s impressive 18th-century long gallery library is made up of 123 feet of books on each lengthwise side and contains over 12,000 volumes. 

An impressive collection of over 12,000 volumes
Close up of Blickling's book collection

Most of these books arrived in cases from London in the 1740s, when Sir John Hobart, the first Earl of Buckinghamshire resided at Blickling Estate.

The books however, originally belonged to Sir Richard Ellys, a wealthy baronet and landowner. His own family seat was Nocton Hall, near Lincoln, which burned down in 1834. He also owned a country retreat at Ealing, and a London mansion in Bolton Street, off Piccadilly.

It is clear that the books Ellys brought to Blickling would certainly have been of high status and value. As a result, Blickling is in the middle of a five-year conservation project to catalogue every volume in the collection and restore many of them to their former glory.

John Gandy, librarian of the Blickling collection
Man sits on the top of a ladder reading a book

Visit us to find out more and observe some of our fascinating conservation work in progress. We are open 363 days throughout 2018, so feel free to come and explore, whatever the weather.