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Service update

Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre are currently closed to readers while we move our collections to a new purpose-built Library at Lambeth Palace. 

Please note that all readers will be asked to register for a new reader’s ticket when the new shared reading room re-opens in 2021: 

We regret that we cannot provide a full enquiry and reprographics service during this period. Please re-send your query when our service re-opens in 2021. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this will cause.

Our catalogues, and selected images from the collections, are available online: 

Some of our collections are available on microfilm in other institutions: 

For guidance on research (which in some cases may include references to sources available in other institutions), please see: 

Any information relating to your enquiry will be used only for the administrative purposes of the Library and Record Centre, and will be stored in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the Data Protection Act 2018. It will not be passed on to third parties. 

Future updates will appear on this page as information becomes available.



Wednesday 27 May (further details to follow)

Day conference on the seventeenth-century book collector Richard Smith (1590-1675) and his library.
Speakers will include Peter Lake, Jason Peacey, Andrew Foster, Vanessa Harding, David Pearson, Alan Nelson and Kenneth Fincham.

This event scheduled for Wednesday 27 May has now been postponed as the Library is currently closed. For further information please email:


Tuesday 2 June, 5.30pm (admittance not before 5pm)
Professor Alan Nelson (University of California, Berkeley): 'The Books of Henry Bradshawe, nephew of the regicide'.
The name of Henry Bradshawe, and the family seat in Marple, Cheshire, in the seventeenth century, are familiar to bibliographers and to the book trade. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, John Bradshawe the regicide, being childless, bequethed 'all my Law Bookes', along with books 'on divinity, history and other books' to his nephew Henry, who maintained the family library until his death in 1698. This traditional account is an extreme simplification of the true story, which must start with the realization that books from the Bradshawe family library carry the ownership signatures of at least four Henry Bradshawes. Books from the library are scattered across the English-speaking world.

This event scheduled for Tuesday 2 June has now been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For further information please email:

Thursday 18 June, 2.30pm (admittance not before 2pm)
Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, followed by a lecture by Professor Richard Gameson: 'Codex and Colour: the pigments of Lambeth Palace manuscripts'.
One of the most striking aspects of medieval manuscripts is their ravishing colours. Scientific advances mean that it is now possible, using non-invasive techniques, to identify the pigments that were used to produce the illuminations in question. This lecture will report the findings from recent investigations of illuminations in Lambeth Palace Library, explaining the processes that were used, summarising the pigments that were identified, and contextualising them within broader patterns of medieval and renaissance painting.
This meeting scheduled for Thursday 18 June has now been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will hopefully be re-arranged for 2021; details to be announced later. For further information please email:

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