The visit will begin with a welcome from the Lord Lyon King
of Arms and the Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records. The Lord Lyon will then
give a presentation on the history and work of the Court and an introduction to
Heraldry in Scotland, which is carefully regulated by the Court.
Writer and collector William Beckford (1760-1844) moved to Bath in 1822 and created a mile-long landscape at the top of which was built the 120ft high Beckford’s Tower. The tower was his study retreat, where he could withdraw from the city, work on his writings and contemplate the surrounding landscape. It also housed part of his impressive library of rare volumes and valuable bindings.
Founded in 1896, Campion Hall is one of the Permanent Private Halls of the University of Oxford. It is run by the Society of Jesus and occupies a fine late-Lutyens building, built in 1935. The Hall’s collection, assembled by the celebrated Fr. Martin D’Arcy includes many fine works of baroque and twentieth century art, as well as books associated with St Edmund Campion, including the very rare secret printing of Decem Rationes.
The Wallace Collection Library and Archives house an extensive collection of around 35,000 books, historical and institutional records relating to the museum and its founders, and several collected archives. The topics represented in the Library and Archives mirror those of the museum: French 18th century fine and decorative arts, arms and armour and the history of collecting are its main subject areas.
Winchester College was founded in 1382 and is one of England’s oldest schools. Over the past six centuries it has acquired a remarkable historic collection of more than ten thousand books and manuscripts, including volumes from the library of the founder, William of Wykeham. The visit will include a viewing of some of the library’s treasures, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artist’s books. There will also be an opportunity to visit a temporary exhibition in the school museum celebrating the bicentenary of John Keats’ visit to Winchester.