Discover wonders of Hartlebury Castle's Hurd Library

Hurd Library characters
Georgian interpreters David and Glo Pringle in the Hurd Library.
Published Friday, 1st May 2015

Visitors to the County Museum at Hartlebury are being offered a chance to enjoy a talk and tour of the impressive Hurd Library, a room rarely open to the public.

'A Bishop & His Books' will take place on Wednesday, 13 May, at 11am as part of the museum's Learn & Lunch programme.

Participants will be treated to an informative talk by Hurd Librarian Christine Penney on the life of Bishop Hurd, the history of the Hurd Library and some of the wonderful treasures it holds.

Visitors will then be taken into the castle for a private tour of the library and a closer look at some of the rare and valuable books therein, before being shown around the castle's State Rooms including the magnificent Great Hall, the Georgian Saloon and the Bishop's Chapel.

This will be followed by a tasty lunch in the museum café and afterwards visitors will be free to view the rest of the museum at their leisure. 

The Hurd Library was installed in the castle by Bishop Richard Hurd in 1783 and is now deemed to be of national importance. It contains over 5,000 books dating from 1476 to the early 19th Century and includes a number of rare and important books with annotations by figures such as Alexander Pope.

Rachel Robinson, Museum Manager said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to view the Hurd Library which the public only have limited access to at the moment. Chris is a real expert on the library and its beautiful books and viewing the books in-situ really is an experience not to be missed."

The next Learn & Lunch talk, entitled 'From Hartlebury to Heaven', will take place on Thursday 4 June. This will be a fascinating talk by guest speaker Mary Arden-Davies about the lives of some of the many Bishops of Worcester who have lived at Hartlebury. This talk will also include a private tour of the castle and library.

Tickets for both talks cost £16 including lunch and museum admission and must be booked in advance on 01299 250416.

For more information or to purchase tickets please contact the museum on 01299 250416 or visit our website