A couple of years ago John and I were given a gift of an 'Adopted Book' by my sister and her husband which is housed at the Chapter Library of St George's Chapel and College at Windsor Castle. We were invited to an Open Day on Saturday as well as lunch in the Dungeons which was an added bonus.
The Adopt a Book scheme was initiated by the Deans and Canons as a way of funding the extensive programme of repairs for the very old and rare books that are kept at Windsor. Our book has a bookplate at the back dedicated to us and will remain in the family for a hundred years.
Just as we arrived the Changing of the Guards ceremony was taking place
We were escorted to the Chapter Library by the Senior Archivist
Passing these lovely buildings on the way - the Choirmaster and musicians from
St George's Chapel live here.
The library contains over 6000 rare books, many still in their original bindings, covering many subjects such as religion, history, classics, geography and medicine.
After a brief talk and visit to an exhibition of very rare books we were shown into the room where our book The Antiquities of Athens, Vol 1 is housed. John and I have a passion for architecture and our book was especially chosen with this in mind as I was also doing a Diploma in Classical Studies at the time. It was published in 1762 and reflects a time during the 18th century known as The Grand Tour when many wealthy Britons flocked to the classical cities of Europe to measure and record antiquities. This book was to become an essential sourcebook for the 19th century Greek Revival in Britain.
And so to lunch..
A lovely setting for this wonderful spread and a mini lecture whilst we were eating by one of the archivists on the history of the dungeons and its various inmates over the last 800 years
After our visit we were free to wander around the grounds as well as visit St George's Chapel
We had wonderful day at Windsor and hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did.
Bye for now