13 June 2012

Northamptonshire’s heritage is the theme of an exhibition organised to mark the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the county and region today (WED)

Northamptonshire County Council leader Jim Harker will guide the Queen through a Northamptonshire exhibition area during the Royal visit to Burghley House in Stamford, showcasing the county’s links with the footwear industry and motorsport.

The leader of the council will then be amongst those having lunch with the Queen and has spoken of his delight at being given the opportunity.

Councillor Harker said: “It’s wonderful that we have the opportunity to present to The Queen some of the finest examples of what Northamptonshire can offer.

“This is also an incredible honour, not just for me, but for the county as a whole. I am also delighted that as part of Her Majesty’s visit, she will also be visiting the county council’s library at Corby Cube . This is a real chance to show off the significant attractions, heritage and opportunities this county has to offer.

Also at the event is a display from the Westmorland of Apethorpe Archive, one of the most important archives in Northamptonshire containing thousands of records dating from the medieval period up to the 20th century including letters signed by Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell. The archive is privately owned and has been looked after by the council's record office since the 1950s. It is now for sale at a cost of £760,000 and a local appeal has been set up to buy the collection and keep the archive in the county.

Taking place at Burghley House, the event will bring together 2,500 people from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The Queen will also be visiting Corby as part of her day in the region.