The Heritage Volunteers of The Arts Society Henley have a long and proud record of book conservation. They are a small group who give their time freely to clean, repair and restore books of all ages, shape, type and size at whichever library they can find work. Some of the Henley Heritage Volunteers have been doing this work for 20 years or more. Over the years they have worked at Worcester College, Oxford, Campion Hall, The Oxford Union Library, Christ Church College, Stonor Park, and Lincoln College Library, Oxford.
In 2010 the Heritage Volunteers worked at nearby Stonor Park at the invitation of Lord and Lady Camoys. Their private family library gave a fascinating window into the threats and challenges facing one of the principal Roman Catholic families of England from the height of their persecution through to modern times. Some of the books and pamphlets have no named author or printer for the simple reason that to lay claim to such material meant a heavy fine, imprisonment or even death. Family prayer books and devotional works, alongside 19th century plays and entertainments written by the family for performances with other local families, gave an endearing almost ‘Jane Austen’ glimpse into the life of that time.
New recruits are always wanted and all that is required is good eyesight, a steady hand, a cheery nature, a willingness to work in a disciplined way and commitment to attend one Monday in three.
If you are interested please telephone Hugh Fitzwilliams on 07776 160 812.