Visitors to the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle are being offered a chance to enjoy a talk and tour of the impressive Hurd Library, as part of the museum's Learn & Lunch programme.
'A Bishop & His Books' will take place on Tuesday 8 September at 11am. Participants will be treated to an informative talk by Christine Penney, Hurd Librarian, 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 on private tour of the Library and Castle including a closer look at some of the rare and valuable books, before being given a tasty lunch and access to the museum for the rest of the day.
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 5000 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 visit 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. We are also very pleased to be able to add two new topics to our Autumn Learn & Lunch programme – the history of archery and an exploration of the legend of the Green Man.”
The October Learn & Lunch talk, entitled 'Legends of the Bow – fact and fiction', will take place on Thursday 1 October. Participants will learn all about the history of archery with experts from Pheon Archery and will then be able to have a go themselves.
November's Learn and Lunch on Wednesday 25 November will explore the myths and legends surrounding the figure of the Green Man with Rod Pomery, retired Head Forester for the National Trust.
Tickets for each of the Learn & Lunch days cost £16 including the talk, 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 www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk