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Lecture details preservation of English battle site, March 25

Scholar, collector and preservationist Mary, Viscountess Eccles, will discuss the conservation of one of England's most historic battle sites in a lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the main gallery of Firestone Library .

Eccles, who divides her time between England and New Jersey, will describe the major role played by Julian Boyd, editor of the papers of Thomas Jefferson and former Princeton University librarian, in preserving the battlefield of Hastings.

The Oct. 14, 1066, conflict marked the last time England was successfully invaded and conquered by a foreign army. The victor, William, Duke of Normandy, ascended to the British throne and became known as William the Conqueror.

Eccles has been instrumental in preserving historic sites both in the United States and in Great Britain through her close ties with the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library . It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For reservations, call the library at (609) 258-5049.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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