Lord Peckover's Library project, 2019

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.

Lord Peckover’s collection included rare and early bibles, medieval manuscripts, atlases and literature which reflected his Quaker faith and philanthropic interests. 

Thanks to National Lottery players, this Heritage Lottery Fund grant will mean it’s possible to gather together some of those lost volumes under one roof.

Many of Lord Peckover’s books were bought by private collectors and museums and dispersed around the world. 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. 

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 form the end of February 2019. The project will also see a programme of themed book events and community projects throughout the year.