The Holbourne Collection

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BDSLive and a unique collection

Sir William Holburne’s library consists of about 1,800 volumes. Although many of the volumes are typical of a Victorian ‘Gentleman’s Library’, comprising novels, guide books and histories, there are also exceptional items, such as catalogues of art exhibitions to which he lent, and albums of rare prints. There is also a reference library of art and history books, catalogues and periodicals of about 1,750 volumes covering fine and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the 20th century and the history and architecture of Bath. Some are rare foreign publications that are hard to find in British libraries.

In 2011, The Holburne collection was moved to a purpose built basement in Bath’s Holburne Museum and a new catalogue was created.

BDSLive was used as part of the task of cataloguing this unique collection.


BDSLive’s breadth of content, detail and visual referencing enabled us to identify many items and generate catalogue records.

Ann Siswell, Deputy Librarian, Bath Spa University.