Caroline Bendix is compiling a database recording details of existing damage to the books, Helen Golding Miller is carrying out small repairs in situ and Nicholas Pickwoad is looking at the volumes that need to go away for studio conservation.
This project has been made possible by a £40,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation, with match funding from the National Trust.
Townend is a rare survival of a Cumbrian yeoman farmhouse dating from the seventeenth century.
The house was inhabited by the Browne family for over four hundred years. They were sheep farmers who prospered through careful management and advantageous marriages.
The house contains the gradual, evocative accretion of posessions. The small library is a fascinating record of the interests and preoccupations of successive generations of the family.