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About our collection

The books and manuscripts in the historic Library of the Dean and Chapter date from the 16th century. Our archives go back to the tenth century, when the Abbey was founded as a monastery.

Contact us

Westminster Abbey Library
East Cloister
London
SW1P 3PA

[email protected]

020 7654 4830

also 020 7654 4829 or 020 7654 4828


Our staff

Head of Abbey Collection and Librarian
Dr Tony Trowles

Curator
Dr Susan Jenkins

Keeper of the Muniments
Matthew Payne

Assistant Keeper of the Muniments
Christine Reynolds

The biggest challenge we face is maintaining such a large physical collection of material within a historic building – believe it or not, there’s just not enough space for it all.

Matthew - Keeper of the Muniments

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