A tour of the Westminster Abbey Library and Muniments, with the Westminster Abbey archivist Matthew Payne.
This important collection of manuscripts comprises the archives of Westminster Abbey from the tenth century to the present day. The core of the collection consists of the accounts and court records of the Abbey's very large landed estate, which was scattered widely across southern and midland England, together with the accounts of the various administrative officials, such as the Almoner and Cellarar (to 1540) and the Steward and Treasurer (from 1560). But the Muniments also include many other types of document, such as minutes of Chapter meetings, leases of Abbey property, some records of coronations and funerals, and letters. The abbey muniments are still kept in their medieval location in the abbey and that there are interesting fourteenth-century wall-paintings to see there. The archivist will assemble some materials relating to Chaucer's Westminster.
The tour will commence at the Abbey Library at 2:30 promptly. Please note that this tour does not include a tour of the Abbey itself.
This event is open only to registered delegates at the New Chaucer Society Congress 2016.