NEW EXHIBITION DISPLAY in Mr Cowper’s Bedroom.

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The Bookcase of Instruction and Delight
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This very rare miniature bookcase, dating from 1800 is on show for the very first time. It was made by London’s leading children’s bookseller John Marshall and has connections to Olney. In the 1840s its original owner presented it to Maria Wontner, a cloth merchant’s daughter from London who was sent to spend the summer with relatives here.

Alongside the bookcase are some of the original children’s books that would have been supplied with the bookcase.  Maria Wontner, whose family were devout chapel-goers, added her own set of little Sunday school stories and miniature bibles. Many of the little books are inscribed with the owners’ names.

The bookcase was presented to the museum together with family letters and photographs.  It was in poor condition but thanks to a grant from the William Delafield Trust we are now able to display this wonderful testament to a Georgian childhood.

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Cabinet of Curiosity On line Gallery – some of our treasures from around the Museum

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