Guildhall Library



The largest known private collection of items relating to Richard Whittington (and his cat!) has been bequeathed to Guildhall Library by Ellery Yale Wood, the prolific children’s book collector. Ms Yale Wood’s collection of over 300 items dating from the 17th to the 20th century includes plays, poems, portraits, theatre programmes, lantern slides and puzzles. Assistant Librarian Ann Martin said: “My colleagues and I have been taken completely by surprise by the collection. When they were delivered to us, each box revealed more and more treasures, each seemingly trumping the previous one for rarity, beauty, or charm. Miss Yale Wood would have certainly recognised the importance to us of such a bequest – Guildhall Library was founded with funds left to the City by Richard Whittington.” Guildhall Library hopes to secure funding for the care and conservation of the Collection, and is planning an exhibition celebrating Dick Whittington and the founding of the original Guildhall Library.