History of Libraries Seminar

History of Libraries Seminar
6 February 2018, 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Peter Hoare, Salisbury

Sarum Old and New:  a Cathedral library in eleven centuries.

The Cathedral library at Salisbury, in Wiltshire, began at Old Sarum within 20 years of the Conquest and has an unbroken history ever since, though its home has changed two or three times.  Its early manuscripts include one of the largest collections from the Norman period to survive in the possession of its original owner. The early printed books derive partly from the rich bequest in 1577 of Bishop Edmund Geste, whose library was one of the biggest in Elizabethan England, and since then the collections have been enlarged by several large donations, with a number of significant rarities (not only theological). The present library building dates from the 15th century – with links to Oxford – but has also undergone changes over the years. Despite some earlier periods of neglect the library is now in a good state and looks forward to the creation of an on-line catalogue to make its treasures more widely known.

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