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  • National Trust

Exhibition, Wed 4 Jul - Sun 28 Oct 2018, free entry


The Word Drowned

The Word Drowned

One of the art installations you'll see in the house in response to the drowning of books.


A five-year conservation project at Blickling Estate, one of the nation’s most important historic house libraries has inspired award-winning Theatre Company Les Enfants Terribles to explore the importance of books through contemporary art.

Les Enfants Terribles have used sound, theatrical design and storytelling to examine the importance of books, and prompt debate about the threat posed to them and their place in a changing world.

The Word Defiant! is a series of installations throughout the Jacobean mansion and out to the garden Temple that will reveal stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded, with each linked to the theme of books under threat.

The inspiration for the installations comes from the books in Blickling’s own library which is currently undergoing a comprehensive five year conservation programme to ensure its survival, after being plagued by damp and death watch beetle for some years.

Situated in Norfolk, home to the UNESCO city of literature, Blickling’s is one of the most significant country house libraries in England, with over 12,500 volumes making up the largest and oldest book collection in the conservation charity’s care.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 4 Jul - Sun 28 Oct 2018 12:00 to 17:00
Please note, last entry to the house is at 4pm. The rest of the property is open 10am - 5.30pm.


Free entry

Free admission to the art installation itself, but general admission prices apply for Blickling Estate house and gardens. National Trust member free. Membership prices start from £5.75 per month.

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Wed 4 Jul - Sun 28 Oct The Word Defiant!


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Map reference: TG 176285  Lat: 52.81063 Long: 1.22862

By Road:
Blickling is located 1.5 miles from Aylsham on the B1354 and is signposted off the A140 Cromer to Norwich road

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired