The preservation and digitisation of the Library’s medieval manuscripts has been made possible through the generous support of donors to the 2014 annual appeal.
The Library’s medieval manuscripts comprise more than 6000 individual folios in 250 items and 12 bound volumes, dispersed across several collections. The bulk were acquired from two sources: ten volumes from the library of the 11th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, and a large group of legal documents and fragments from manuscripts of theological, biblical, musico-liturgical and literary works from Sir Rex Nan Kivell, collected for his Calligraphy Collection.
Explore our medieval collections
- The Clifford Collection, 13th-15th centuries. 10 volumes including books of hours and bibles
- The Nan Kivell Calligraphy Collection, 10th century to mid-19th century. 250 manuscript fragments and legal documents
Gems of History