Honresfield Library is a rare treasure trove of literary manuscripts, with works by Jane Austen, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and the Brontës. It is being sold and FNL is spearheading the campaign to save it for the nation. This Big Give appeal is one element of our campaign to raise £15million.
A private library of English literature of such significance has not been placed on the open market for many decades or is ever likely to appear again - we need your help to save it for the nation.
FNL is spearheading the campaign to purchase the collection and to pass each manuscript and book to the relevant UK institution, creating a 'distributed national collection'. Among the institutions that will benefit are: Abbotsford: Home of Walter Scott, Melrose, Scotland Bodleian Libraries, Oxford British Library, London National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire Jane Austen’s House, Hampshire and the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.