Treasured Manuscripts - a Closer Look
Meet the curators and discover more about the ‘Treasures and Trophies’ exhibition with this special two-part event in Holkham Hall including a rare opportunity to see, first-hand, a selection of important examples from Holkham’s incredible collection of manuscripts. The exhibition curator, and Holkham archivist, Lucy Purvis will take you on a guided tour of the exhibition and reveal insights into the ideas that Thomas Coke explored on his Grand Tour and how they have shaped Holkham. Delve into our unparalleled manuscript and early book collection with our manuscript curator, Dr Laura Nuvoloni. In these specially-devised illustrated talks, Laura will be focusing on the medieval and early modern collections in the Holkham library.
Friday 18th May, 11am-1.30pm
Buying and Selling Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
Thomas Coke made some very important purchases on his six-year grand tour. Hear how books and manuscripts came to be available to collectors, including the very
different stories behind major purchases Thomas made in Lyon, Padua and Venice.
Friday 13th July, 11am-1.30pm
The Story of Book Production
Using volumes collected by Thomas Coke, you will explore the history of book production from early manuscripts to the first printed books (incunabula) and beyond.
Friday 7th September, 11am-1.30pm
Inspiration from the Classical World
Explore the depth of Thomas Coke’s interest in the classics and ancient history, particularly his passion for Greek and Roman antiquity. You will hear how Coke gave financial support for the publication of the Etruria Regali, a major seventeenth century work on the history of the Etruscan civilization.
Tickets: Adult £25, Child (ages 10 years and over) £12.50. Tickets include car parking and coffee and biscuits. To book telephone Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.
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