Library of Innerpeffray

Library of Innerpeffray http://www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk We are Scotland's Oldest Free Lending Library and we'd like you to visit and share 330 years of Scottish History.
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Step back in time and read a book! Scotland's Oldest Free Lending Library, established by David, 3rd Lord Madertie and located in a tranquil woodland setting close by the River Earn in Perthshire. The Library is run today by the Mortification of the Library, a trust set up on the death of the founder, and although it ceased to lend books in 1968, opens its doors and books to visitors from across the world each year.

Mission: Our main aim is to support the education of all by conserving the books of the Library and its artefacts, preserving the tranquil, unspoilt rural environment for thinking people to read, contemplate, study and meet.

Operating as usual

As the nights grow darker, how about an evening by the fireside, listening to the wonderful storytelling of Robert Lloyd...
23/10/2020

As the nights grow darker, how about an evening by the fireside, listening to the wonderful storytelling of Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Theatre ? We are thrilled (and chilled) to have a performance of Casting the Runes on Sat 7th November taking place in the Library. Very limited in person tickets and online tickets available too. https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/product-category/events/

This lovely Bible bag belonged to Lady Madertie, wife of our Founder.  Thanks to generous donations we were able to have...
15/10/2020

This lovely Bible bag belonged to Lady Madertie, wife of our Founder. Thanks to generous donations we were able to have it expertly conserved by @YoungerConservationLtd read more in their post about the process. #textileconservation

We are very privileged to conserve some fantastic and important items. This gorgeous red wool 17th century Bible bag with silk velvet ribbon trim and tassels was owned by the wife of the founder of the Library of Innerpeffray; Scotland’s first free public lending library founded in 1680!

As you can see, there was damage and wear to the different elements of the bag which required our attention. The first job was colour matching for fabric to support and in-fill the holes. We'll bring you more updates on the progress of the conservation work!

#textileconservation #heritage

Robert is back on the top shelves for a new blog: https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/tour-of-the-tops-episode-5-unusual-r...
03/10/2020
Tour of the Tops - Episode 5 "Unusual Reviews" - Innerpeffray Library

Robert is back on the top shelves for a new blog: https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/tour-of-the-tops-episode-5-unusual-reviews/
and he finds hot chocolate, cocaine and tobacco... amongst other delights!

Welcome to the fifth in this series of blogs that have been appearing every now and then to pique the interest of the wonderful followers of the life of Innerpeffray Library. As always, the theme is a general one, but I try to ensure that there is a variety of books, so hopefully there is […]

19/09/2020

Live Tour with the Keeper for Doors Open Days.

This weekend is Doors Open Days Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and we have lots going on.Free Tours of the Library of ...
16/09/2020
Tour Bookings - Innerpeffray Library

This weekend is Doors Open Days Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and we have lots going on.
Free Tours of the Library of Innerpeffray – book in advance https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/tour-bookings/ very limited slots.
Our new Heritage Trail we’ll be running free drop-in family fun, book-inspired workshops that you join 11am until 12.30pm and from 2.30pm until 4pm on Saturday only.
Digital events:
Live tour with the Keeper here on Facebook at 11am on Saturday (wish us luck!). More armchair tours available on our Virtual Tours page: https://www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/virtual-tours/
Saturday afternoon – Tweet with the Keeper – overon Twitter you can challenge our Keeper to find you a book @Innerpeffray
Mnay thanks to support from National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland @MuseumsGalleriesScotland Perth and Kinross LEADER Programme

Booking Your Visit We are delighted to announce that the library will re-open for personal visitors from 1st August 2020. We have made some changes to observe the physical distancing requirements stipulated by the Scottish Government, including limiting the number of people who can visit the library...

29/08/2020
The Strathearn Snapper

Memories of last summer and the Innerpeffray Cowch!

The Crieff Cowch trail is now live. Here's how June McEwan, Artist and her Willow Works, Crieff team brought the Library of Innerpeffray one to life!

Robert is back up the ladder!  Join him for another Tour of the Tops in our blog https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/...
22/08/2020
Blog - Innerpeffray Library

Robert is back up the ladder! Join him for another Tour of the Tops in our blog https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ where he finds 'orrible histories, orreys and whatsoever hath been wonderful.

Posted on August 22, 2020August 22, 2020 by innerpeffray_adminTour of the Tops – Episode 4 “Different Viewpoints” Welcome to the fourth in this series of blogs that have been appearing throughout the year to interest, intrigue and, one hopes, entertain followers of the goings-on of Innerpeffra...

We are thrilled to have the Heritage Trail designed by @collaboratecreative be shortlisted for this prestigious awards, ...
12/08/2020

We are thrilled to have the Heritage Trail designed by @collaboratecreative be shortlisted for this prestigious awards, well done John!

Great start to the week with work shortlisted as finalists for two projects - Library of Innerpeffray and Fidra Gin in the Scottish Design Awards. Library of Innerpeffray Fidra Gin #scottishdesignawards

Great to see our friends from Bolderman tours today with their expert guide and driver Nick. The bus is hiding behind th...
11/08/2020

Great to see our friends from Bolderman tours today with their expert guide and driver Nick. The bus is hiding behind the tree. Likely to be the only visit this year so roll on 2021!

We heartily, joyfully and unanimously proclaim that the next episode of our blog is Tour of the Tops with Robert is live...
08/08/2020

We heartily, joyfully and unanimously proclaim that the next episode of our blog is Tour of the Tops with Robert is live now! https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ where he finds Charades, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the King of #Sweden

The Library of Innerpeffray has been here since 1680.  Can you help secure our future?  Today we launch our Appeal, read...
24/07/2020
Innerpeffray Appeal - Innerpeffray Library

The Library of Innerpeffray has been here since 1680. Can you help secure our future? Today we launch our Appeal, read all about it in our latest newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/e9222ffb6fef/innerpeffray-re-opens or go direct to our Appeal page https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/innerpeffray-appeal/

The Library of Innerpeffray is a very special place. It was founded 340 years ago as Scotland’s first free public lending library: a radical idea at the time, but one that went on to revolutionise the accessibility of information and knowledge for everyone. Today the Library is a museum, still ope...

Our latest tour was made for the Bibliographic Society's Virtual Summer Visit, you can see it and all our Tours on our w...
24/07/2020
Virtual Tours - Innerpeffray Library

Our latest tour was made for the Bibliographic Society's Virtual Summer Visit, you can see it and all our Tours on our website.

Virtual Tours of Innerpeffray Library In order to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy we have been obliged to close our doors for the time being. When Lord Madertie founded the library he stated that it should be ‘for the benefit of all’ and the collection has been available to visitors for...

We're delighted to say the Library re-opens for visitors on 1st August!  We have timed entry slots that you can book htt...
22/07/2020
Tour Bookings - Innerpeffray Library

We're delighted to say the Library re-opens for visitors on 1st August! We have timed entry slots that you can book https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/tour-bookings/ or give us a call! We are #GoodToGo come and see us! #Take5forTourism

Booking Your Visit We are delighted to announce that the library will re-open for personal visitors from 1st August 2020. We have made some changes to observe the physical distancing requirements stipulated by the Scottish Government, including limiting the number of people who can visit the library...

We are pleased to share this appeal for the amazingly talented The Three Inch Fools  .  We're planning to have them back...
11/07/2020

We are pleased to share this appeal for the amazingly talented The Three Inch Fools . We're planning to have them back again next year - can you help them make their target?

We’ve made it over the half-way hurdle of our £10,000 target!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has given so generously and helped spread the word. This is a really exciting moment for our campaign and it’s your help that has got us there!

Take a moment to pat yourself one almighty pat on the back.

With just 18 days left to meet our target we still need your help. Can you support us to our next big goal of £7,500? It’s starting to feel within reach!

A big, big thank you to all our lovely friends and supporters. With your support we’re really getting there!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/threeinchfools/keeping-the-three-inch-fools-on-the-road

One of our favourite visitors, the Red Squirrel features in this week's Blog. Squirrels and Owls appear in books of 'emb...
03/07/2020

One of our favourite visitors, the Red Squirrel features in this week's Blog. Squirrels and Owls appear in books of 'emblems' from the 16th century onwards, along with verses for 'Instruction and Good Counsel'. None other than Mary Queen of Scots combined the 'Pleasant Recreation' of embroidery with the symbolic use of emblems. Why, and what are emblems? Read on https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/

Thanks to Stephen Rawles for his insights.

26/06/2020

We are working on our re-opening plans and will let you know as soon as we have a date and what to expect from a visit. #DreamNowVisitLater We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to see the Library, Chapel and Heritage Trail.

Library of Innerpeffray's cover photo
26/06/2020

Library of Innerpeffray's cover photo

Hear about Sir Walter Scott from an expert. (Professor Lamont's library was donated to Innerpeffray and we are honoured ...
21/06/2020

Hear about Sir Walter Scott from an expert. (Professor Lamont's library was donated to Innerpeffray and we are honoured to care for it.)

This recording is of Professor Claire Lamont talking about Waverley and Jacobite Mythology at our 3rd Annual Joint Lecture with the Department of English Literature, The University of Edinburgh in 1991. https://youtu.be/Kdzutc4WywY

It is time for another Tour with the Keeper - and this time we are extolling the virtues of Man's Best Friend, the Dog! ...
18/06/2020

It is time for another Tour with the Keeper - and this time we are extolling the virtues of Man's Best Friend, the Dog! Whether you favour the Housekeeper dog for his barking, the Greyhound for his swiftness or the Spaniel for the comfort he offers, we hope you enjoy... https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/virtual-tours/

Useful chart for Zoom meetings: Metoposcopy: your character by the lines in your forehead. (Sanders' Physionomie, Chirom...
16/06/2020

Useful chart for Zoom meetings: Metoposcopy: your character by the lines in your forehead. (Sanders' Physionomie, Chiromancy and Metoposcopie, 1653)

New on the Blog  - Meet the Borrower: Sinclair Korner, teacher, writer, campaigner, rambler  https://innerpeffraylibrary...
12/06/2020

New on the Blog - Meet the Borrower: Sinclair Korner, teacher, writer, campaigner, rambler https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ Former headteacher Crieff High School - PKC Korner was born in Orkney and wrote several books and numerous articles including Rambles Round Crieff .

New on the blog this week - The Moleman!  Have you every wondered why you have a mole on your left shoulder?  what the l...
06/06/2020

New on the blog this week - The Moleman! Have you every wondered why you have a mole on your left shoulder? what the line of Jupiter predicts about your future? The Moleman Predicts! https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ a guest blog from our Chairman.

Time for a little armchair gardening?  The next Tour with the Keeper is available now. https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk...
29/05/2020

Time for a little armchair gardening? The next Tour with the Keeper is available now. https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/virtual-tours/ Explore early gardening books, the lost gardens at Innerpeffray and the magnificent Drummond Castle Gardens

The final part of the amazing story of one of our #Borrowers Thomas Stalker and his family is now up on our blog https:/...
20/05/2020

The final part of the amazing story of one of our #Borrowers Thomas Stalker and his family is now up on our blog https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ . Thank you to volunteer Gillean for revealing this piece of reading history.

The Quair Magazines - Covering Highland Perthshire & Strathearn
20/05/2020
The Quair Magazines - Covering Highland Perthshire & Strathearn

The Quair Magazines - Covering Highland Perthshire & Strathearn

Virtual Tours of Library of Innerpeffray - In order to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy we have been obliged to close our doors for the time being. When Lord Madertie founded the library he stated that it should be “for the benefit of all” and the collection has been available to visitors for 340 years. To keep alive the Founder’s aim and some degree of continuity of access we have decided to create an occasional series of virtual tours of the library in the form of recorded presentations by the Keeper of Books. Some visitors to the library come with a specific topic of interest in mind; Scottish history, local ancestry, cartography, philosophy, cookery and gardening are just some of these. So, we have decided to make each topic the theme of a tour. The first tour to be prepared is entitled “Puttering” on the subject of golf; others will be added as time and resources permit.
To find out more please visit www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/virtual-tours, from the safety of your own home.

A few years ago we made some embroidered panels, inspired by woodcut letters that appear in the Library's books.  These ...
07/05/2020

A few years ago we made some embroidered panels, inspired by woodcut letters that appear in the Library's books. These were such fun, we went on to make another three panels using pictures from the books, animals, people, flowers etc. Our wonderful volunteer Gillean has made up some kits for you to make at home and these are now available in our website shop www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/shop/ or call the Library for mail order. #MuseumfromHome #HeritagefromHome

Our blog this week is from Stephen, and is looks at the murky world of 16th/17th century political and religious intrigu...
05/05/2020

Our blog this week is from Stephen, and is looks at the murky world of 16th/17th century political and religious intrigue: https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/blog/ The Bishop from Innerpeffray and the Scottish Jesuit Spy

"Libraries are more than just repositories for books. They provide a lifelong place for people to think, to learn, and t...
01/05/2020

"Libraries are more than just repositories for books. They provide a lifelong place for people to think, to learn, and to relax." a few words from President of the ILA Neil Pearson

A few words from our President, Neil Pearson ...

Many of you may recognise Neil Pearson as Dave Charnley, the Romeo of the very funny 1990s newsroom sitcom, Drop the Dead Donkey or, more recently, as the TV production boss of the Bridget Jones films or, as his impressive IMDb will testify, in one of his many more films and TV shows too numerous to mention here. But Neil is also a committed bibliophile – as a reader and collector – an antiquarian book dealer and firm champion of libraries. That’s why he makes an exceedingly good President of our Association. Neil is coming up to his third year as President and we sincerely hope that he will consider going forward for a further three years when we finally hold our postponed Annual General Meeting at the Leeds Library later this year. During these very difficult and challenging times, not just for this country, but worldwide, libraries are striving to provide the best services that ‘staying at home’ can allow. As President of the Independent Libraries Association Neil has a few words to share with all of our very special libraries, the Staff, the Trustees, the members and all the users of these quite wonderful places of culture brought about by their collections.
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"I very much hope that you and your families are all safe and well during these challenging times.

I'd often wondered, if some sort of lockdown ever became necessary, how long it would take me to read every unread book in the house, watch every unwatched DVD, and drink every undrunk bottle. The last question was settled very quickly (about a week); the others, it seems, are going to take a little time. But even if you're lucky enough to have an unopened book or two at home to keep you going during these difficult times I'm sure that, like me, you are by now missing the atmosphere and conviviality of libraries: a leisurely browse, a surprise find, a place to think, and the company of friends.

But at a time when circumstances compel us all to remain physically apart, those same circumstances seem also to have brought us closer together. Although their buildings are currently closed, ILA librarians have been in regular email contact with each other over the last few weeks, comparing experiences and exchanging strategies, and have been working safely and diligently from home to ensure that the core services their libraries provide to subscribers are maintained wherever possible.

At the London Library, for example, although books cannot be returned at the moment, a skeleton staff is operating under strict social distancing rules and managing to send out books requested by members. (This books-out-but-not-in strategy is unlikely to result in an empty building any time soon: the London Library, by some distance our biggest member, is home to more than a million books). And all over the country our smaller libraries, catering more specifically to local needs, are keeping in very close touch with subscribers through their websites, providing more and more links to e-books and online cultural activities, as well as vital local community services. And for those subscribers without internet access, regular newsletter mail-outs are a welcome lifeline.

Libraries are more than just repositories for books. They provide a lifelong place for people to think, to learn, and to relax. And libraries are also meeting places, turning reading and discovery into activities which can be enjoyed in the company of others. For now these pleasures are on hold. But happier times will return, and when they do our librarians will be ready to welcome readers back into the buildings which give us all such pleasure.

Until then, stay safe and well,

And all good wishes,
Neil Pearson"

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Innerpeffray
Crieff
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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

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We are delighted to launch our virtual tours today! If you are interested in our local history have a look the first Tour with the Keeper, on the theme of #Golf https://innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk/virtual-tours/ free to watch, if you can donate Thank you!
Exploring the past at The Library of Innerpeffray brings history alive! For instance, to look at the Martin Luther Bible 1577 AD brings the story right into one's hands. This is an incredible place! Thank you!
We were very pleased to hear of your recent presentation of the exhibit on Roman Heritage in cooperation with the North East Civic Trust. We were set up over 20 years ago to help create a better awareness of Scotland's Roman heritage and are very open to cooperating with you in related projects in the future www.theantonineguard.org.uk Here we are near Rough Castle with Tony Robinson on one of his TV documentaries