We are pleased to announce that the library will be open every Saturday between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

Members are free to browse and enjoy our pop up events and talks.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available.


Saturday Snippets

Saturday 29 July 2017 at 2-00pm (maximum one hour including questions & discussion ).

Professor Bob Higham will speak on:

The Domesday Book, Old English Charters and the Institution’s Library: studying 11th- century England

Development of the Institution’s library in the 19th century coincided with a period of great interest in the primary sources for medieval English history. This interest continued, unabated, and the library went on to acquire many crucial publications in this field.

This brief talk will draw attention to items on our shelves, published between the 1780s and our own day, containing the texts of Domesday Book and Old English charters or containing scholarly discussions of those sources and what they reveal about late Saxon and early Norman England.

To these printed items can now be added internet resources which can be consulted from desks in our – indeed in any – library amidst the published output of more than two centuries. Past, present and future generations of readers – both professional and amateur – are thus connected.



(Bookworms Junior Members club will be using the Outer Library on the third Saturday of each month from 10.30 – 12.00 – other members are invited to walk through to use the Inner Library during this session)