Friends of the National Libraries launch effort to raise £15m to buy the Honresfield library

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/17/uk-libraries-and-museums-unite-to-save-astonishing-lost-library-from-private-buyers

„From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an “unprecedented” effort to raise £15m and save an “astonishingly important” set of literary manuscripts for the nation.

The plans were formed after the announcement last month that the “lost” Honresfield library was to be put up for auction at Sotheby’s this summer. Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement – and warning that action needed to be taken to prevent it being sold piecemeal to private collectors.“

See also

https://archivalia.hypotheses.org/132284


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Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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