Now that the house is closed to visitors for the winter our guides and volunteers return to Godinton to help with book cleaning.
The precious and historic books are carefully examined for damage and unwanted pests and then cleaned. Sometimes this leads to interesting discoveries. In one book, for example, minutes from the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society of England were found, dating from Wednesday December 11th 1918. Another book still had its bookmark in it, which in this case was a lovely postcard from Madeira.
After the books have been cleaned, they will return to their shelves in the library.