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Ancient Library Tour – Heritage Open Days 2024

Date 6th Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024
Date St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Come and learn more about our Ancient Library and the books in the Cathedral’s collection in our free Heritage Open Day sessions.

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.

Sessions available at:

Friday 06 September: 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm, 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm, 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm, 3.30 pm to 4.00 pm, 4.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Saturday 07 September: 10.00 am to 10.30 am, 10.30 am to 11.00 am, 11.00 am to 11.30 am, 11.30 am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 12.30 pm

Friday 13 September: 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm, 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm, 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm, 3.30 pm to 4.00 pm, 4.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Saturday 14 September: 10.00 am to 10.30 am, 10.30 am to 11.00 am, 11.00 am to 11.30 am, 11.30 am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 12.30 pm

Book a free space here.

Unfortunately, the Ancient Library is accessed up a small spiral staircase and is therefore not accessible to those in wheelchairs, or with prams/pushchairs. Dogs welcome on the Cathedral site but not in the Ancient Library.

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