12th October 2005




A plaque commemorating the late Zibby Garnett is being unveiled in the University of Lincoln’s Great Central Warehouse Library by her brother, the Bishop of Stockport, the Right Reverend Nigel Stock.


Zibby, who lived with her husband David in Norwell near Newark, ran the Historic Decorative Crafts Course at the Lincoln School of Art and Design which is now part of the university.


She was a leading figure in the world of curating great historic houses – she was curator at Thoresby Hall and subsequently headed a team of cataloguers at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster.


After she died in 1999, De Montfort University opened the Zibby Garnett Library in Chad Varah House, dedicated to her memory.


The area where the library is located is now needed for teaching space and a room in the newly built library on the Brayford Pool campus has been allocated to house the collection.


Her husband David also set up the Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship which offers scholarships to art and design students to study abroad.


The original slate plaque commemorating Zibby has been carefully removed from Chad Varah House and will be unveiled in the Great Central Warehouse Library on Wednesday 19th October at 5.30pm.


Along with the Bishop of Stockport also present at the event will be Zibby’s husband David Garnett and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, Professor Brian Winston.


The ceremony will start on the first floor of the library at 5pm with a reception and coffee, followed by tours of the library.


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