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Monday 4 June, 14:00 – 16:00

Reformation on the Record: The legacy of libraries

The dissolution of monastic and pre-Reformation libraries destroyed the established structures of learning, but also provided opportunities for other institutions and individuals to form collections during the following decades. This workshop will explore the development of new libraries (such as Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610) and their role in preserving pre-Reformation books and manuscripts.

Led by period specialists, this workshop will offer you the chance to learn about the aftermath of the Reformation, looking in particular at some original examples of the books and manuscripts which survived the dissolution of the monasteries.

Please come to the Library entrance on Lambeth Palace Road.

This is a joint workshop with The National Archives.

All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at, or email


Tuesday 5 June, 5.30pm (admittance not before 5pm) 
 New Perspectives on Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Robyn Adams (Centre for Editing Lives & Letters, UCL), Donations to the Bodleian Library in the Early Seventeenth Century Katie Birkwood (Royal College of Physicians Library), Digging Deeper into the Marquess of Dorchester's Library Jacqueline Glomski (Centre for Editing Lives & Letters, UCL), Religion and Libraries in the Seventeenth Century'.
 This event will showcase some recent research on library formation, both public and private, in the seventeenth century. Three short talks will deal with patterns of book selection and acquisition as revealed by individual practice and in seventeenth-century theoretical writing on bibliography. The presentations will discuss the potential for research on seventeenthcentury libraries and the application of digital methods to this research.
In association with the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries. All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at, or email not later than Friday 25 May.


Wednesday 4 July, 5pm (admittance from 3.45pm for the AGM)

Annual General Meeting of the Church of England Record Society, followed by a lecture (5pm) by Dr Leonie James: Archbishop Laud at Lambeth.

Dr Leonie James teaches early modern history at the University of Kent, where her research focuses upon the politics of religion. Her book This Great Firebrand: William Laud and Scotland, 1617-1645 (2017) sheds new light on the making and shaping of Caroline religious policy and the British civil wars. This lecture will draw on her forthcoming COERS edition of Laud’s household accounts to provide a new perspective on one of the most controversial archbishops of Canterbury.

All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should inform the Honorary Secretary of the Church of England Record Society, Dr Mary Clare Martin, not later than Monday 2 July, preferably by email at (please use COERS AGM as the subject line), or by post at Dr Mary Clare Martin, Honeycombe 119, University of Greenwich, Mansion Site, Bexley Road, London SE9 2PQ.


Thursday 5 July, 2.30pm (admittance not before 2pm)
 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, followed by a lecture by Dr Peter Blayney: Printing the 1559 Book of Common Prayer: Events Without Precedent.
 An authority on the history of the early modern book trade, Peter Blayney’s most recent book is The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501–1557 (2013).
 This meeting, open to Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, will be followed by tea. Friends should book in advance with Juliette Boyd, Lambeth Palace Library,  or telephone 020 7898 1400, not later than Friday 22 June.  Please join the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library  


Selected archive collections moving from Lambeth to Bermondsey site 

Some of the archive collections previously stored in the Library have moved from the Lambeth site to the Church of England Record Centre at Bermondsey. Of course they remain available for research alongside other collections at the Record Centre. The collections are as follows:
Faculty Office fiats series from 1900 onwards (ref: F II/241-346)
Papers of Michael Harper (ref: Harper)
Mothers’ Union archive (ref: MU)
Parish and People papers (ref: PAP)
Society of St Francis archive (ref: SSF)
Papers of John Stott (ref: Stott)
Papers of Timothy Dudley-Smith (ref: TDS)
Third Order of St Francis archive (ref: TSSF)

If you would like to view material from these collections or if you have any queries, please contact our enquiries service which serves both the Library and the Record Centre.



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