Hereford Cathedral is home to one of the most ancient and significant collections of medieval manuscripts in Britain. Its treasures include the Hereford Gospels, made in Britain around 800, and the Hereford Mappa Mundi of c.1300 - one of the most famous of the medieval world maps. It also houses the finest surviving specimen of a chained library, a rare survivor of how institutional libraries used to be. 

This special study day offers a rare opportunity to explore these and other of the library's remarkable holdings, in the context of medieval book production, under the expert tuition of Michelle Brown and Rosemary Firman, the Cathedral Librarian.

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

Course Information

Course Fees

  • Standard: £90
  • Concession*: £65


Course Structure

  • 27 September 2024: 10:00-17:00

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

Lunch options: The cathedral has its own café, with fresh food prepared on site. There are also a number of independent local cafés and restaurants less than 5 minutes away. Many local restaurants have excellent menus catering for a variety of dietary needs.


Hereford Cathedral, 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG.

This course will take place at Hereford Cathedral and delegates must make their own way there. Directions for how to get to cathedral can be found on the cathedral’s website.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact Jennifer Dumbelton to arrange use of the cathedral’s small car park. The nearest hotel is the Green Dragon. There are many B&Bs in Hereford, as well as the usual hotel chains such as Premier Inn. Hereford is a small city and most accommodation will be within walking distance of the cathedral.


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