Lucinda Lambton at Felbrigg Hall’s first Book Week

Lucinda Lambton, writer, photographer and enthusiastic broadcaster on architectural subjects, will be giving a talk in north Norfolk this month as part of Felbrigg Hall's first Book Week.

Ms Lambton will discuss her book The Queen's Dolls' House, about the 1924 luxury model home built for Queen Mary, on Saturday May 21, from 7pm-8pm. Its features include a flushing toilet, hot and cold running water, wine cellar and working lifts.

Felbrigg, the 17th-century stately home, near Cromer, has one of the National Trust's top five libraries, according to Felbrigg property manager Ray Sandham, who is himself a book collector.

Its 5,500 titles were mainly gathered by William Windham 2nd during his four-and-a-half-year Grand Tour of Europe in the 1760s, and the collection includes a 1509 book of Latin and Greek religious tracts, one of the earliest books on ornithology, dated 1645, plus fifth and sixth editions of Dr Johnson's Dictionary.

'We have got such a good library here that it seemed we should be using it more and so this is our first toe in the water,' said Mr Sandham. 'We wanted to have something for everybody and if we find there is an appetite, hopefully we can do more evening talks in future.'


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The week begins on Monday May 16, from 7.30pm-8.30pm with a talk by local author and EDP columnist Raffaella Barker.

On Tuesday, owners of interesting books are invited to bring them along for a free valuation by Aylsham-based auctioneers Keys between 11am-1pm and 1.45pm-4pm. Wednesday, from 11am-3pm, will see Felbrigg's conservation staff and volunteers demonstrating how they care for and repair the volumes.

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On Thursday, at 7pm, the trust's libraries' curator, Mark Purcell, will give an illustrated talk on his work. Last year a first edition of Rubyard Kipling's Jungle Book, was discovered at the trust's Wimpole Hall, in Cambridgeshire.

Members of the public are invited to bring along their own favourite poems to read aloud in Felbrigg's library, on Friday, at 7pm.

And Phil Barrett, poet and teacher, will lead a poetry workshop for children aged between five and 12, on Saturday and Sunday, from 1.30pm-4pm.

Booking is essential for some events. For further information and prices, ring 01263 837444.

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