A “challenging” exhibition has been installed in a Norfolk country estate to highlight the threats that books face including damp, beetles and Isil.The Word Defiant is a series of installations throughout Blickling Estate, organised by the National Trust, revealing stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded.The inspiration for the installations comes from the 12,500 books in Blickling’s own library which is currently undergoing a five year conservation programme to ensure its survival after being plagued by damp and death watch beetle for some years.As part of the six-month art project exploring the importance of books one installation symbolises the burning of books in the university library in Mosul, Iraq which was destroyed by Isis militants in 2014.“Our underlying intention is to challenge our visitors,” Helen Bailey, general manager of the Blickling Estate told the Guardian. “To try to make them think differently about some of the things the National Trust has to do in order to look after these places for everyone.”Also included in the exhibition is a copy of Winnie the Pooh which has been placed in a bookcase of 19th century books to highlight it being banned in China. One installation symbolises the burning of books in the university library in Mosul, Iraq which was destroyed by Isis militants in 2014Credit:David Rose Other installations include 14 copies of a book by US army Lt Col Anthony Shaffer, which was censored by the Pentagon, and a cascade of books across the Long Gallery. There’s also the story of the floating library in Venice where books are kept in bathtubs to protect them from flooding.Meanwhile, in the Chinese dressing room, a sound installation featuring maps and A-Zs signify how digital technology has superseded examples of the printed word.Outside, an abstract decorative scheme in the garden Temple will draw attention to the neglect of old, out of print or archived books.John Orna-Ornstein, director of curation and experience for the National Trust, said: “Sharing our heritage is not only about telling the stories of our past but finding ways to inspire people of all ages to see the importance of preserving it for future generations. “The Word Defiant is a bold, creative and really thought-provoking way to bring Blickling’s historic library to life for visitors, while shining a light on the conservation challenges such an important collection presents.”The project was created in partnership with arts group Les Enfants Terribles.