From West Horsley Place to Trinity Library

The Crewe Collection arrived at Trinity in late 2015, a week before Christmas. The move was carefully planned, and preceded by months of visits to West Horsley Place, the last residence of the Duchess of Roxburghe, by the librarians, who browsed the original shelves and started making amazing discoveries.

Back in Cambridge, excitement was mounting and, finally, boxes and boxes of books were delivered and stored in a room in Burrell’s Field. Library staff started working on the collection: cleaning, sorting, moving, classifying, identifying.

The books were moved to the Wren in early 2016: more sorting took place, and then shelving. The cataloguing team and digitisation team became actively involved; you can read more on what they have achieved so far in the Work on the Crewe Collection page.

To tell this story in a visual way, we have created a Pinterest board with all the photos taken during the move and in the following months. Make sure you have an account, and log in to Pinterest (you can access it also via a Google or a Facebook account) in order to view the board as it appears in the photo.

If you don’t log in, you will only see a rather disorganised collection of pictures, and you won’t be able to read the captions. Believe us: it would be a shame.