Westminster Abbey Library and Muniments Visit, 8 December 2016
Westminster Abbey Library and Muniments Visit
Places are still available for this opportunity to visit the Library and Muniment Room which houses the extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts and archival material belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The present Library, begun after the foundation of the Abbey as a collegiate church in 1560, has been housed in part of the former monastic dormitory since 1591. The archives of Westminster Abbey date from the 10th century to the present day whilst the Library holds around 14,000 pre-1801 printed books, medieval manuscripts and a collection of printed and manuscript music. Until the 19th century Westminster was the third seat of learning in England, after Oxford and Cambridge.
The BRA have arranged a tour of Westminster Abbey’s Library and the Muniment Room by Matthew Payne, Keeper of the Muniments, on Thursday 8th December at 11.30am. Meet at the entrance to the Library in the East Cloister. Access to the Cloisters is via Dean’s Yard, entrance at the west end of the Abbey.
The visit will consist of an introduction to the Library and then on to the splendid Muniment Room, a 13th century gallery space overlooking Poet’s Corner. This should last between an hour and an hour and a half.
Numbers will be limited to 20 so book early.
Please note that there are 25 steps up to the Library, and then a further 21 up to the Muniment Room from there. So it might not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility.
The cost is £6. Please apply by contacting Fiona Jones, BRA Administrator by email
giving your details and indicating which payment method you are using:
BACS payment to Account no. 10465486 Sort code 09-07-23
Cheque to BRA c/o West Library, Bridgeman Road, London N1 1BD
PAYPAL using firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling the BRA on 07946 624713 to pay by credit card