WelcomSmaller_Library.jpge to Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive

The library and archive has been an integral part of the life of Worcester Cathedral since

Anglo-Saxon times. It exists to facilitate research by scholars. It is a resource for

cathedral staff carrying out repair work on the building, and for relevant local

and family history enquiries by members of the public, and through tours for

interested groups, the library enables ordinary people to see historic books and ancient


Q104_Book_of_Hours.JPGThe collection comprises 298 medieval manuscripts, which range

mainly from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. There are also

6600 post medieval books collected by the post medieval Dean

and Chapter and the Bishops of Worcester, and 19,000 archive

documents, which belong to the Dean and Chapter and stretch

from the middle ages to the present day.

There is also a music collection, which contains works by many famous composers

including Sir Edward Elgar and Thomas Tomkins, and also archives. The cathedral

library looks after the parish libraries of St. Nicholas (Worcester), Bromsgrove,

Feckenham, and Great Malvern churches.


To see two sort video clips of Worcester' Medieval Library....click†here††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

To see a display of images from the Cathedral Library collection....click here†

To find out about the history of the library and archive......read more

To find out about the Cathedral's collections......read more

Photography and microfilms for researchers.....read more

To discover more about the cathedral's conservation projects......read more†††††††††††

To find out more about our Adopt a Book programme click here†Download a copy of the leaflet here † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † ††

Tours of the cathedral library and archive

Library_main_room.JPGTours of the Library for groups or individuals are

always welcome but must be made by appointment.

For further information fill in the†form below or

ring 01905†732922. Library tours cost £6 per adult

and £3.00 per child.

Information for Researchers

An appointment can be booked to study in the cathedral from Monday to

Friday 10am to 1pm and 1.45pm to 4.45pm.

All researchers will need to make an appointment and bring a letter

of introduction. A catalogue of the medieval manuscripts has

been published: R.M. Thomson, A descriptive Catalogue of the

Medieval Manuscripts in Wresearching_in_the_library_2016.JPGorcester

Cathedral Library, D. S. Brewer 2001,

with a contribution on the bindings by

Michael Gullick. There are other local

research resources available. Details

can be found at the University of

Worcester Library†Research collections page,

For medical history the George Marshall Medical Museum contains

just under one thousand rare medical books and archives dating,

mainly from the 19th and†20th centuries, as well as the 17th and 18th

Centuries which compliment the cathedral's medieval and

early modern medical books.††



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