Blenheim Palace transports visitors back to 19th century England with new Victorian-Edwardian Library display

Following the annual deep clean of the Long Library, Blenheim Palace has announced its newest display, The Victorian-Edwardian Library, which will showcase how the Palace looked from the 1880s to the early 1900s, as well as highlighting significant moments of history at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From February, visitors will be transported back to the Victorian-Edwardian period, as they explore the Long Library, with furniture arranged to replicate how it would have looked during this gilded age.

Various parts of the room and display tables will feature historical items of interest, including old books that visitors can explore; original scrolls to unfurl; as well as archive photographs, albums, and original press cuttings with the gossip of the time.

Alongside the artifacts, visitors will be able to discover more about the history of the Palace during the time of the 7th, 8th, and 9th Duke and Duchess, such as what happened to the Sunderland Collection? When did the telephone and central heating arrive at the Palace? Thanks to the albums on display, guests can travel back in time and learn how each room in the Palace looked between 1880 and 1900s.

Kate Ballenger, Keeper of Palace and Collections, said: “One of the joys of my job is bringing the past to life, and being able to showcase the Victorian-Edwardian era in this specific exhibition is exciting because it will allow visitors a hands-on experience with artifacts to touch and history to feel.”

The Victorian-Edwardian Library display is included within the Blenheim Palace ticket including Palace, Park and Gardens, Park and Gardens, Annual Pass or a Privilege Pass.

For more information and to book tickets visit Blenheim Palace.