Discover Capability Brown…On Our Shelves!

Today marks the 300th Anniversary of Lancelot "Capability" Brown's baptism on 30th August 1716 in Kirkhale, Northumberland. His ability, or capability, for creating natural looking landscapes for many of Britain's stately homes is what he is most well-known for today. There are over 250 gardens or landscapes credited to him, some of which he over …

Discover the World of Beatrix Potter…On Our Shelves!

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth. Best known for her illustrations and tales of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-duck amongst others, she was also an expert on fungi, Herdwick Sheep, a keen supporter of the National Trust and was key in the preservation of the Lake District and it's …

Discover Charlotte Bronte…On Our Shelves

Two hundred years ago and some three hundred miles from Barnstaple one of the Nineteenth Century's most well known writers, Charlotte Bronte, was born on this day. Born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, Charlotte was the third child of Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell. Her parents had been married in December 1812 and an entry for this event can be found …

Welcome to 2016

The start of a new year gives us a chance to reflect on some of the things we have discovered over the last year and look forward to some of the things we may find during 2016. In 2015 we showcased some of the items we have in our general library collection through our new series of Discover...On …

Discover the Battle of Agincourt…On Our Shelves!

October marked the 600th Anniversary of Henry V victory at the Battle of Agincourt and you can find various items on our shelves from across the centuries which give an historical account of the famous battle where the English were outnumbered by the French...   “The French...took post between Rousseauville and Agincourt, and gave notice …

Discover Gallipoli and the Dardanelles…On Our Shelves

This month marks the anniversary of the Royal North Devon Hussars arrival in Gallipoli in 1915. By the time they arrived the  British and ANZAC troops had already suffered heavy casualties and there were already calls for the Peninsula (also known as the Dardanelles) to be evacuated. The Royal North Devon Hussars landed in Suvla …