Lincoln Cathedral Medieval and Wren Libraries

Whilst not strictly related to WW U3A, I thought that as I am a steward in the cathedral libraries, you might be interested in some new arrivals and loans in the library. I know from our discussions that many of West Wolds U3A members are interested in history, both local and national, so I am sure many of you would enjoy a visit to see the “Great Lincolnshire Exhibition” currently on until the end of September. In the cathedral libraries the old and new Testament volumes of the Lincoln Chapter Bible have been re-united for the first time in over 300 years.

The Lincoln Chapter Bible is one of the earliest examples of an English illustrated Romanesque bible. The bible was in two volumes; the Old Testament remained in Lincoln, however, the New Testament was “loaned” to Trinity College Cambridge and never returned, although described as the “Lincoln Chapter Bible”!  Now the New Testament has been loaned back to Lincoln for the duration of the exhibition – but will we give it back?

If you would like more information on the exhibition or the libraries in general do please contact me.

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