Bristol University to house historic copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Bristol University to house historic copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Bristol University will house a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that once belonged to Sir Laurence Byrne, the judge who presided over the landmark 1960 obscenity case, keeping the historic edition in the UK.

In May, the government slapped an export ban on the book and English PEN launched a campaign asking whether a UK buyer could be found to match the auction price of £56,250, to save the edition after it was sold at auction in October 2018 to an individual in the US. 

Writers including Neil Gaiman and Stephen Fry rushed to support the campaign, as did Penguin Books which donated £10,000 to the cause. Other financial supporters included the TS Eliot Foundation, Friends of the National Libraries, the Penguin Collectors Society and Elizabeth Lane.

Professor Judith Squires, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Bristol, told the BBC the book would be "a source of inspiration, teaching and research for our staff, students and visitors".

The book will be showcased among other papers at the university relating to the famous case.