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Enquiries & Research

Enquiries

We are happy to answer enquiries made by email, letter or telephone. Please bear in mind that there may be a delay in replying as staff resources are limited. We cannot undertake extended research on behalf of enquirers.

If you have a general enquiry, or would like to discuss any of the options laid out below, please contact:

Tel: 01452 229818
Email: archivist@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Visiting

Researchers are welcome but must make an appointment in advance with the Cathedral Archivist and be able to identify what individual items parts of the collection they need to consult.  On arrival they will be asked for evidence of identity and address and asked to sign the visitors book, agreeing to abide by the research regulations.

No food or drink is allowed in the library and all books or manuscripts must be handled and supported in accordance with the Archivist’s instructions. No pens are allowed but either pencils or laptops may be used to take notes. Photography (not flash) for private research purposes only may be permitted at the discretion of the Archivist. The Library will close for a short period at lunchtime. 

If you have any special requirements (including photography),  please discuss these when you make an appointment.

Carved head and shelves in Cathedral libraryFinding Aids

We are presently in the process of cataloguing the bulk of the archival collection and lists or catalogues will be made available in the Library and on this website as they become available (see “Unpublished lists and catalogues, below). The Archivist will be able to advise on uncatalogued parts of the collection and in some cases can draw on cataloguing work still in progress.

Printed catalogues

The Library

A catalogue of the Library (printed works and manuscripts) was published in 1972:

  • Suzanne Mary Eward: A Catalogue of Gloucester Cathedral Library (Gloucester 1972)

Copies of this book, which contains the history of the Library, can be bought from the Library for £5, (plus p&p). A draft digitised version of this catalogue was created with the assistance of volunteers.  Please note that titles in Hebrew or Greek have not been successfully converted.  Details of post-1972 acquisitions are held in the Library itself and incorporated in the recent accessions list below.  

The Archives

A catalogue of the Archives was published in 1967:

  • Isabel M Kirby: Diocese of Gloucester. A Catalogue of the Records of the Dean and Chapter including the Former St Peter’s Abbey (Gloucester, 1967).

This book is out of print.

Unpublished lists and catalogues

Searchable app giving details of recent accessions of books to the Library (Beta test version) 

Handlist of Prints and Drawings in Gloucester Cathedral Library

Published histories

  • David Welander: The History Art and Architecture of Gloucester Cathedral (Alan Sutton, 1991)
  • Susan Hamilton et al: Gloucester Cathedral. Faith, Art and Architecture: 1000 years (Scala, 2011). Available from the Cathedral bookshop.