Current Exhibition

From Popish Plot to Civil Rights: Themes in Religious Archives

This exhibition highlights a range of subjects covered by the Library’s diverse collections of religious archives. To mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, items on display relate to her coronation in 1953.

Other material relates to the Church and other denominations and faiths, with exhibits illustrating relations with Roman Catholicism, such as the anti-Catholic agitator Titus Oates. Items on Jewish history include Hebrew manuscripts. A further theme covers the Church and race, including material relating to the civil rights movement, and to the first British Black Bishop, Wilfred Wood. A small selection of items from the exhibition is displayed here.

The exhibition runs from 25 April 2022 to 2 August 2022, 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. No booking is necessary and there is no charge.

Previous Exhibitions

Treasures from the Collections II

Treasures II ran from 10 January 2022 until Friday 8 April 2022. Among the items on display were the thirteenth-century Lambeth Apocalypse, a Book of Hours belonging to King Richard III, a volume annotated by King Henry VIII and the death warrant of Mary Queen of Scots.

For those of you who missed Treasures II we have prepared this electronic version containing some of the highlights.

Treasures from the Collections I

Treasures I ran from 11 November to 17 December 2021. On show were the ninth-century MacDurnan Gospels, a masterpiece of Irish manuscript decoration, and the Lambeth Apocalypse, made in the 1260s for a noble female patron and brilliantly illuminated in gold. The earliest printings of sacred texts were represented by the Gutenberg Bible (1455) and the Bomberg Talmud (1526-48). 

For those of you who missed Treasures I we have prepared this electronic version containing some of the highlights.