†† The Library collections
If you are wishing to carry out research these are the collections†the cathedral holds.†
The Medieval Manuscript and Incunabula Collections†
Worcester's medieval collection is very strong in the area of academic texts, many of which must have been used by the monks when they went to study various subjects at Gloucester Hall, which is now Worcester College at the University of Oxford. There are also a variety of medieval printed books, including early printed fragments of the Canterbury Tales.†
The Printed Collection
The post-medieval books cover a wide variety of subjects, including theology, medicine, travel, military, natural history, mathematics, biography, history, and many other topics. They were mostly donated to the cathedral by former bishops and clergy, or purchased at the time of publication by the Dean and Chapter and range from 1501 to the 1860s.
The Modern Library Collection
The cathedral continues to collect a small number of modern books, which are available for staff and volunteers to use for their work, and for the benefit of visiting researchers. The emphasis of this collection is local and church history, although it is not restricted to these areas. It consists mainly of books from the nineteenth century to the present day.
The Music Collection
This part of the library contains the old music part books of the choir from the seventeenth century onwards, together with the private collections of former cathedral organists and others. It also contains books to do with the history of music, and archive material, which is useful for music scholars. The library also holds the famous Worcester Antiphoner of c.1230 and the Worcester medieval music fragments.
The archives are separated into various classes:
†A - Registers
†C -†Account Rolls
†D - Miscellaneous
†E - Court Rolls
F -†The Victorian Restoration
G -†Dean and Chapter correspondence up to 1933
H -†Modern Documents
There are also additional manuscripts and pamphlets.
The cathedral holds many archives relating to the cathedral priory and later the Dean and Chapter, including items relating to what were once their lands and property. People with a local or family history question, which has some connection to Worcester Cathedral, are always welcome to make enquiries. If you are making an enquiry about the archives of the Diocese,†then you should contact the Worcestershire County Record†Office.