Meet Sarah Hutton, Project Coordinator

Sarah Hutton has been appointed as the Project Co-ordinator to lead on the ‘Layton’s Library: Discovering a Hidden Book Collection’ project. She will be working closely with the Layton trustees and the team of volunteers to open up Thomas Layton’s fascinating book collection to the local residents of Brentford and beyond.

Sarah has considerable experience within the archival sector gained during her time as Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives, as well as a strong background in history education and lifelong learning through her work with a number of London based heritage organisations. Upon appointment she stated that she was ‘…thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an engaging collection, and to run the group of local volunteers who are going to bring this hidden collection to life’.

The way that Layton put together his collection reflects his incredibly eclectic interests, with books seemingly on every topic, from natural history to architecture; philosophy to poetry and guide books to classical texts. Yet, what unites the 8,000 strong library of books is Layton’s guiding ethos of wanting to make everything he collected available to the community of Brentford itself. Sarah went on to say that, ‘to think that over a hundred years after his death, this wish to bring the diversity of his collection to the diversity of individual people within Brentford itself will finally be granted, makes this project incredibly rewarding’.

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