The Paul Mellon Library
Originally comprising just two volumes donated in 1977, the Trust's library has increased to over 2,000 volumes, several four-storey filing cabinets of transparencies, archive material, catalogues and magazines.
The Paul Mellon Library is housed in the Vestey Gallery in Newmarket. It is named after one of our most generous benefactors and renowned collector of sporting art, the late Paul Mellon KBE.
The computerised index consists of seven sections categorised thus: general works on field sports; memoirs; memorabilia; poetry and fiction relating to field sports; catalogues of private collections; sales; exhibitions.
The library now also contains a fine collection of more than 500 slides dealing with works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The 19 categories available extend from archery and boxing right through to racing and shooting. There is also an assortment of colour and monochrome transparencies dealing with British sports and pastimes from the 17th to 20th centuries.
One of the founder members of the Trust, the late Stella Walker, generously donated her archive material comprising articles, letters and illustrations pertaining to a wide range of artists.
Use of the library is free to BSAT Members, by prior appointment with our librarian Ann Williamson, who can be contacted on 01638 664429. Specialist research can be undertaken by Trust experts at a charge of £10 inititally and £10 per hour thereafter. Students are not charged for research.
We are most grateful for any donations or bequests relating to British sports and pastimes. Please do contact us if you believe you can be of assistance.