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This special study day, will provide an introduction to the Medieval manuscripts of Salisbury Cathedral, one of the most beautiful of British cathedrals. It will also serve as an introduction to the history of book production in medieval England, through study of the different types of evidence that can be excavated through the study of surviving books, documents and fragments in a single repository.

This short course is part of the London Rare Books School programme.

Course Fees

  • Standard: £90
  • Concession*: £65


This course will take place at Hereford Salisbury Cathedral and delegates must make their own way there. Visit the Salisbury Cathedral website for directions.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but delegates must make their own arrangements for lunch.


10:00 - 10:30 Welcome and introduction (MB and AD): Worship, learning and libraries at Salisbury

10:30 - 11:30 Origins: Anglo-Saxon and Norman manuscripts

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break in cathedral refectory

12:00 - 13:00 The twelfth to thirteenth century: Scholasticism and Salisbury in Europe

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch and free time to explore the cathedral and environs

15.00 - 16:30 Gothic and later manuscripts and provenance evidence

16:30- Conclusion and discussion

17:30 - Attendees are welcome to stay for Choral Evensong  

The course is limited to 11 delegates and bookings must be made by the 3 May 2024.