Worcester Cathedral

Adopt a Book at Worcester Cathedral Library

Worcester Cathedral's library is ranked among the most important in the country for medieval studies. It contains nearly 300 manuscripts, maps, plans, drawings, books and archives dating from the 10th Century onwards. The collection is invaluable and attracts scholars from all over the world.

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Through the dedication of previous and present generations, much has been achieved in cataloguing and conservation. But more remains to be done and it is an on-going project. A programme of cleaning and refurbishing the printed books is continuing and it is vital that many books which require the skills of a professional book conservator can be repaired.

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Supporting the Library at Worcester Cathedral will secure the future of an internationally important collection of music and manuscripts for future generations.

  • The collection's highlights include the oldest surviving copy of the Venerable Bede's work on grammar and poetry, made in Canterbury Cathedral, dating back to the 10th Century.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian

  • The Worcester Antiphoner is one of the Cathedral's most important manuscripts. It's got all the music and all the services for every day of the year for the monastery. It dates to the year 1230 and is based on the Anglo Saxon master copy for England so, again, a very rare book.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian

  • The library does not just contain books - there is also a display cabinet containing items from King John's tomb. We have King John's thumb bone and also his Will, which is the only surviving medieval royal will left in the UK - it is an original not a copy.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian

  • The Worcester Antiphoner is one of the Cathedral's most important manuscripts. It's got all the music and all the services for every day of the year for the monastery. It dates to the year 1230 and is based on the Anglo Saxon master copy for England so, again, a very rare book.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian

  • The library does not just contain books - there is also a display cabinet containing items from King John's tomb. We have King John's thumb bone and also his Will, which is the only surviving medieval royal will left in the UK - it is an original not a copy.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian

  • The collection's highlights include the oldest surviving copy of the Venerable Bede's work on grammar and poetry, made in Canterbury Cathedral, dating back to the 10th Century.

    — David Morrison, Cathedral Librarian