If you would like to see medieval manuscripts and rare books in a historic setting please join one of the tours on 27th October or 24th November. Places are limited to 10, due to the small rooms in Exchequer Gate. The medieval stone spiral staircase in Exchequer Gate is very uneven and not suitable for heels. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access. The tour includes the medieval Library of 1422 with original oak reading desks. The Wren Library was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1681 at the request of Dean Michael Honywood, who paid for the work himself. The collection contains 10,000 rare books on disparate subjects, in many languages and in various bindings.
There may be material within the libraries that would enrich your research, so please contact the Special Collections Librarian for assistance. The modern reference collection can be consulted but manuscripts and rare books require an academic reference from your tutor.
Dates for planned visits are 27th October and 24th November but other visits can be arranged, if sufficient interest is shown. We meet at 10am in front of the cathedral main entrance, just inside if it is raining. Duration 1.5 – 2 hours and booking is essential.