Blickling Hall launch book conservation campaign with immersive experience

Blickling Hall was given to the National Trust by it's former owner Lord Lothian. Picture: Mark Bul

Blickling Hall was given to the National Trust by it's former owner Lord Lothian. Picture: Mark Bullimore - Credit: Archant

The importance of books will be explored as one of north Norfolk's largest book collections undergo a five year conservation programme to save them from decay.

The near 13,000 volumes held at Blickling Hall will be carefully preserved to save them from a plague of damp and a death watch beetle infestation, to ensure their longevity.

The team at the National Trust site will be marking the conservation programme by collaborating with award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles to create an immersive experience for audiences, to explore the importance of books in the digital age.

The Word Defiant! will be launching in the house and grounds from May 1, and will be open from 12-5pm daily.

Jo Bosch, the National Trust's visitor experience manager at Blickling said: 'We're really excited to be working with Les Enfants Terribles.

'We wanted to offer our visitors a creative new way for reflecting on the importance of books and highlight Blickling's collection that's in need of our care.

'The temporary experience, which will run until October, will be designed to be noticed, create debate and prompt important questions. It certainly makes you question what the world would be like without books!'

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The theatrical experience will use sound and theatrical design to enable visitors to discover the threat posed to books around

the globe, and their shifting role and continued relevance in a changing world.

The installations will tell the story of books that once held significance but now find themselves superseded by modern technology, those that have been banned, neglected, or have become symbolic.

Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles Oliver Lansley said: 'We are delighted to be working with the National Trust at Blickling Estate to create these visceral immersive installation pieces which connect Blickling's renowned library to the stories of book collections and individual volumes around the world.

'Telling a story is at the heart of everything we do as a company and we are excited to be given the opportunity to tell these

relevant and contemporary stories through design in such a historic and significant space.'

The installation will run until October 28.