Ancient Library Tour

Ancient Library Tour

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Come and learn more about our Ancient Library and the manuscripts in the Cathedral’s collection.

We would like to invite you to a 30 minute session in our Ancient Library where you will be able to see some of the books in our collection, and learn a little more about them with our Library Guides.

The Ancient Library was founded by Dr Miles Mosse in 1595 as a resource for clergy training. There are over 550 books in the Library, mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Library is in a room above the north-west porch, which was designed by Stephen Dykes Bower in 1960, the architect who oversaw the extension of the Cathedral in the twentieth century.

  • Unfortunately the Ancient Library is accessed up a small spiral staircase, and is therefore not accessible to those in wheelchairs, or to prams/pushchairs.
  • Dogs welcome on Cathedral site but not in the Ancient Library.
  • Please meet at the bottom of the stairs from the Cathedral entrance/shop to the cloisters.

Dates: Friday 10, Saturday 11, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September
Times: Fridays: 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm. Saturdays: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am
Tickets: This event is free as it is part of Heritage Open Days!
Booking: Essential - visit the St Edmundsbury Cathedral website to book
Venue: St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

This is a Heritage Open Days 2021 event promoted by St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

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