Assistant Archivist Vacancy

Salary: £26,954 rising after completion of probation to £28,983 per year.

This is an excellent opportunity to join Lambeth Palace Library, the National Library and Archive of the Church of England, as an Assistant Archivist.

As Assistant Archivist you will support the vision and mission of the Library by contributing to the description, interpretation and promotion of the Library’s collections of archives and manuscripts for the benefit of internal and external users.

The focus of the role will be on the Library’s outstanding collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts (up to 1830), however you will also work with more recent material when needed.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact

Interviews will be held on Thursday 13th January 2022.

Please see here for further information and to apply.

Events Friends Lectures Meetings

Extraordinary General Meeting of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library

Thursday 25 November at 4pm, Lambeth Palace Library.

The meeting will be followed by tea and a lecture (at 5.30pm) entitled Codex and Colour: the pigments of Lambeth Palace manuscripts, by Professor Richard Gameson (Durham University).

One of the most striking aspects of medieval manuscripts is their ravishing colours. Scientific advances mean that it is now possible, using non-invasive techniques, to identify the pigments that were used to produce the illuminations in question. This lecture will report the findings from recent investigations of illuminations in Lambeth Palace Library, explaining the processes that were used, summarising the pigments that were identified, and contextualising them within broader patterns of medieval and renaissance painting.


Thursday 25 November at 4pm, Lambeth Palace Library (NB new building entrance on Lambeth Palace Road), 15 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7JT. 

Please note that this event will take place in the Bancroft Room in the new building. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time given below to allow time to take the lift to the top.


This meeting is open only to Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. Please book in advance with Melissa Harrison, Lambeth Palace Library,  or telephone 020 7898 1400, not later than Friday 12 November.

About the speaker

Professor Richard Gameson has published over 100 studies on medieval manuscripts, book collections, art and cultural history. As part of a team with Professor Andy Beeby of the Department of Chemistry, Durham, and Dr Catherine Nicholson of Northumbria University, he investigates by non-destructive scientific means the nature and use of medieval illuminators’ pigments.

Events Exhibitions Service announcement

Treasures of the Library I

From 11 November to 17 December there will be a small public exhibition in the entrance hall of the new Library. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and admission is free. The exhibition will contain some of the treasures of the Library and will give an overview of the types of material that we hold, including medieval manuscripts, early printed books, archival material, prints, and maps. Highlights include one of the daily reports made by the physicians of George III detailing his mental and physical infirmities, a book of devotions and meditations personally compiled, and presented to the Her Majesty the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher to help prepare her for her coronation, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the 9th century MacDurnan Gospels (see above).

The exhibition takes place in the entrance hall mezzanine Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. There is no need to book and admission is free.