15 May 2014
DIOCESE OF LANCASTER COLLABORATES WITH LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY SECURING PRESERVATION OF TALBOT LIBRARY FOR THE NORTH WEST
The highly acclaimed collection of some 50,000 books comprising the Talbot Library in Preston has been given a new lease of life following the announcement today by the Bishop of Lancaster, The Rt Rev Michael Campbell, that an agreement had been reached between the Lancaster Diocesan Trustees and Liverpool Hope University, whose Council is chaired by Monsignor John Devine, whereby the Talbot Library will be transferred on permanent loan to the University.
The library will be preserved there on permanent loan alongside three other excellent collections of theological works, making this the leading collection of Catholic literature in the northwest.
Following the closure of the Talbot Library in December 2013 a number of parties expressed interest in acquiring the library and were given access to the contents which include an extensive collection of early printed books (1500 – 1800), a collection by G K Chesterton and a complete collection on John Henry Newman.
Following an independent appraisal by Sotheby’s who identified a number of books of historic and cultural importance it was recommended that the Diocese ensures that the Library be kept intact.
The Bishop of Lancaster and Trustees of the Diocese are delighted that as a result of the acceptance of the offer from Liverpool Hope University, the Talbot Library will retain its identity within the North West of England in temperature-controlled, British Museum standards conditions, which the University has established for its other valuable works. These conditions are ideal for the long-term preservation of the books.
It also provides easy access for its users and especially students of religious studies based at Liverpool Hope University and throughout the North West. Liverpool Hope University with its highly rated Theology Department is especially committed to encouraging scholars and others in the North West, especially those with long- standing links to the Talbot Library or are interested Catholic history and theology, to have access to these rich resources.
A separate Trust Fund will also be established between the Diocese and the University for the long-term preservation of the Talbot Library.
Further information is available from:
Mr Stephen Moore, Trustee, Diocese of Lancaster email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Fr. Peter McGrail, Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies,
Liverpool Hope University - MCGRAIP@hope.ac.uk