Lord Peckover's Lost Library

Ben Rickett, Property Operations Manager Ben Rickett Property Operations Manager

When Peckover came into the care of the National Trust in 1948, it was without its contents. Amongst the most precious items to have been lost, were Lord Peckover’s book collection. As we mark 100 years since his death, we wanted to celebrate his life and so work began to find these lost volumes and bring some of them back under one roof for this centenary year.

As Peckover House opens its doors for the new season, this special exhibition for 2019 will celebrate an avid collector and his lost library, which has been made possible thanks to a National Lottery grant of £10,000.

Ben Rickett, Operations Manager at Peckover House said; “Lord Peckover built up a valuable library of rare books, which was sold or given away before the house came into the care of the National Trust. This year marks the centenary of his death and it feels like the perfect time to bring some of those books back, to tell his story.”

“Lord Peckover’s book collection included rare and early bibles, obscure medieval manuscripts, lavishly illustrated atlases and various works of literature, which reflected his Quaker faith and philanthropic interests. We’re really excited to be able to redisplay some of these lost treasures in the Library that Lord Peckover added himself.

Following his death, many of the books were bought by private collectors and museums around the world. It’s thanks to National Lottery players, that this National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will mean it’s possible to gather together some of those lost volumes under one roof. Working with Wisbech & Fenland Museum, University College London, Colchester and Ipswich Museum and the Blackburn Museum, a number of books will return on loan for the new exhibition.

Peckover’s ‘Lost Library’ opens on 23 February and runs until November. To support the exhibition there will be a year-long programme of book themed events to enjoy.