The Word Defiant! Trust New Art at Blickling Estate

We're all about books at Blickling this year. Take a look at the art installation in further detail, why it's so important to Blickling's future and how we're linking the book theme in other areas of the estate.

Lydia Denno, designer, standing in front The Word Defiant!

The Word Defiant! at Blickling

The Word Defiant! is an exciting temporary art installation at Blickling that reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, drowned, superseded, redacted, neglected and those that remain defiant.

Visitors reading books in one of the National Trust's second-hand bookshops

Get lost in a world of books at Blickling Estate 

With a large focus on books at Blickling this summer, find out how we're working with local independent bookshops and the University of East Anglia to help us with our book related activities. From holiday activity days to secret book trails in the garden, take a look at what we've got planned.

A book eaten by death watch beetle

Linking Blickling's book collection with The Word Defiant! 

Librarian John Gandy gives us examples of how The Word Defiant! installations relate to Blickling's own book collection, and why they desperately need conserving.

Wheelchair and electric mobility scooters at Hidcote

Increasing access at Blickling Estate 

With the launch of our installation ‘The Word Defiant!’ in May, we’ve been opening up opportunities for people who need extra support, to ensure that as many people as possible are able to experience the art. Take a look at what you’ll find at Blickling Estate this summer to help make your visit more accessible.

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The making of The Word Defiant!

Find out more about the concepts behind the immersive art installation, where Les Enfants Terribles' ideas came from and how they turned into a ground-breaking exhibition for the National Trust.