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Collections and Archives

Information for Researchers

An appointment can be booked to study in the cathedral from Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 1.45pm to 4.45pm. All researchers will need to make an appointment and bring a letter of introduction. A catalogue of the medieval manuscripts has been published: R.M. Thomson, A descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in Worcester Cathedral Library, D. S. Brewer 2001, with a contribution on the bindings by Michael Gullick.

The Library’s collections

If you are wishing to carry out research these are the collections the cathedral holds.

The Medieval Manuscript and Incunabula Collections - 298 medieval manuscripts, which range mainly from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, and 40 incunabula
The Post-medieval Printed Collection – 6600 books collected by the clergy over the centuries from 1540 to the end of the 19th century.

The Modern Library Reference Collection – Modern textbooks for staff, volunteers and researchers
The Music Collection – music and music archives of the Cathedral and organists
The Archives – the Cathedral’s own archives from the Middle Ages to modern times
Parish Libraries – the libraries of St. Nicholas (Worcester), Bromsgrove, Feckenham, and Great Malvern churches

The cathedral holds many archives relating to the cathedral priory and later the Dean and Chapter. If you are making an enquiry about the archives of the Diocese, such as parish church records or those of former Bishops of Worcester, then you must contact the Worcestershire Archives Service.