The Sealed Knot has a history of supporting the preservation of artefacts within the UK.
Currently we are supporting the West Berkshire Museum which is appealing for people and businesses to help purchase an oil painting of Lord Jacob Astley. If the sale price of £16,000 is not realised in the UK, it is in danger of being sold overseas. West Berkshire Museum would like to acquire the painting for its collection, but only have until the end of December 2010 to raise the funds. The Sealed Knot has already pledged to donate £2,000. With your help we could secure the future of the painting for display within the UK.
There is more about this project and how you can help on the west berkshire council website. Jacob Astley was a professional soldier at the outbreak of the English Civil War. After Edgehill he was appointed Commander of the Royalist Infantry and he participated in all the major battles fought by the King's Oxford Army. He was recognised as one of the most disciplined and bravest of the Royalist Generals. Jacob Astley took part in both battles of Newbury, commanding the Royalist Army during the first battle and playing a key role in the second battle. He made a gallant and memorable defence of Shaw House, Newbury.