Enquiries & Research

Do you want to find out more about items in our collection?

We are happy to answer enquiries made by email, letter or telephone, but please note that we cannot undertake extended research on behalf of enquiries. If you have a general enquiry or would like to arrange a visit please contact our Archivist by calling 01452 229818 or send an email using the button below.


Visiting for research

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 an hour at lunchtime. 

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

Photo: Anna Lythgoe

Finding aids

We are in the process of cataloguing the bulk of the archival collection and lists or catalogues will be made available in the Library and via the Gloucestershire Archives online catalogue which you can access via the link below.  The Chapter Acts and Treasurers accounts are now available, and more is being added every week.

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.

Gloucestershire Archives Online Catalogue

Please click on the button below to go to the Gloucester Cathedral Archive on the Gloucestershire Archives Online Catalogue.

Printed catalogues

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 and is hosted by Dr Ray Wilson.  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 can be consulted by the Archivist on request.

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.

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.