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, c13th-15th centuries…10 volumes including Books of Hours, Bibles, …
- The Nan Kivell Calligraphy Collection, c10th century – mid-19th century…250 manuscripts fragments and legal documents …
Gems of History