Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre regularly embark on new projects and acquire and catalogue new material, from rare books and manuscripts to modern publications. These posts provide a brief update on some of our latest acquisitions, projects and upcoming events, to keep you up-to-date with our most recent news.
Enjoy reading one (or more!) of our recently acquired new books. Highlights include:
- The accidental Anglican: the surprising appeal of the liturgical church, by Todd D. Hunter (Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2011). More information and reviews available here.
- Anglican baptismal liturgies, edited by Phillip Tovey (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2017). More information available here.
- An Anglican covenant: theological and legal considerations for a global debate, by Norman Doe (Norwich: Canterbury Press, c2008). More information and reviews available here.
- The Anglican imagination: portraits and sketches of modern Anglican theologians, by Robert Boak Slocum (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017). More information available here.
- Anglican women on church and mission, edited by Kwok Pui-Lan, Judith A. Berling and Jenny Plane Te Paa (Norwich: Canterbury, 2013). More information available here.
- Archbishop William Sancroft: a cross-grained life, by John Tiller (Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2019). More information available here.
- The beauty of holiness: the Caroline divines and their writings, edited by Benjamin Guyer (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012). More information available here.
- The Bible in the life of the church, edited by Clare Amos (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2013). More information available here.
- Brokering the Good Friday Agreement: the untold story, edited by Mary E. Daly (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2019). More information available here.
- The Canons of the Third Lateran Council of 1179: their origins and reception, by Danica Summerlin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). More information available here.
- Cardinal Basil Hume: a pilgrim’s search for God, by Gertrude Feick (Leominster, Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2019). More information available here.
- Chaplains in early modern England: patronage, literature and religion, edited by Hugh Adlington, Tom Lockwood, Gillian Wright (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013). More information available here.
- Christ in all things: William Temple and his writings, by Stephen Spencer (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2015). More information available here.
- Debating the sacraments: print and authority in the early Reformation, by Amy Nelson Burnett (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- The discipline of intimacy: the joy and awe of walking with God, by Charlie Cleverly (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2019). More information available here.
- Elizabeth I: translations, 1592-1598, edited by Janel Mueller and Joshua Scodel (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2009). More information available here.
- Firmly I believe: an Oxford Movement reader, by Raymond Chapman (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2006). More information and reviews available here.
- For sinners only: the book of the Oxford Groups, by A.J. Russell ([S.l.]: Bottom of the Hill Publishing, 2014). More information available here.
- George Whitefield: the first transatlantic revivalist, by Nigel Scotland (Oxford: Lion Books, 2019). More information available here.
- Grasping the heel of heaven: liturgy, leadership and ministry in today’s church, edited by Aidan Platten (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2018). More information available here.
- Happiness and holiness: Thomas Traherne and his writings, edited by Denise Inge (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008). More information available here.
- A heart strangely warmed: John and Charles Wesley and their writings, edited by Jonathan Dean (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2014). More information available here.
- The immortal commonwealth: covenant, community, and political resistance in early reformed thought, by David P. Henreckson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- Irish Anglicanism, 1969-2019: Essays to mark the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, edited by Kenneth Milne and Paul Harron (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019). More information available here.
- John Henry Newman and the path to sainthood, by Julien Chilcott-Monk (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010). More information available here.
- John Owen between orthodoxy and modernity, edited by Willem van Vlastuin, Kelly M. Kapic (Leiden: Brill, 2019). More information available here.
- The making of a Tory evangelical: Lord Shaftesbury and the evolving character of Victorian evangelicalism, by David Furse-Roberts (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- Medieval Londoners: essays to mark the eightieth birthday of Caroline M. Barron, edited by Elizabeth New and Christian Steer (London: University of London Press, 2019). More information available here.
- Middle English devotional compilations: composing imaginative variations in late Medieval England, by Diana Denissen (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2019). More information available here.
- Nuns’ literacies in medieval Europe: the Antwerp dialogue, edited by Virginia Blanton, Veronica O’Mara, and Patricia Stoop (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). More information available here.
- Part of the one church?: the ordination of women and Anglican identity, by Roger Greenacre; edited by Colin Podmore (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2014). More information available here.
- Patient reading/reading patience: Oxford essays on medieval English literature, by Ralph Hanna (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017). More information available here.
- A point of balance: the weight and measure of Anglicanism, edited by Robert Boak Slocum and Martyn Percy (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2013). More information available here.
- The practical mystic: Evelyn Underhill and her writings, edited by Raymond Chapman (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012). More information available here.
- Religion around John Donne, by Joshua Eckhardt (University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- Religion around Mary Shelley, by Jennifer L. Airey (University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- Renewing the face of the earth: a theological and pastoral response to climate change, by David Atkinson (Norwich: Canterbury, 2008). More information available here.
- Richard III: the self-made King, by Michael Hicks (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019). More information available here.
- Sacred and secular martyrdom in Britain and Ireland since 1914, by John Wolffe (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- Unbelievers: an emotional history of doubt, by Alec Ryrie (London: William Collins, 2019). More information and reviews available here.
- The wills of our ancestors: a guide to probate records for family and local historians, by Stuart A. Raymond (Barnsley: Pen & Sword Family History, 2012). More information available here.
- Wonder beyond belief: on Christianity, by Navid Kermani (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019). More information available here.
- Worship-shaped life: liturgical formation and the people of God, by Ruth Meyers and Paul Gibson (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010). More information available here.
Please note that since October 2019 Lambeth Palace Library is closed on Fridays. This is to give the staff time to prepare the collections for the move to the new library building. Opening hours are now 10am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10am to 7.30 pm on Thursday. Additionally, 30th April 2020 will be the last day that the Lambeth Palace Library reading room will be open and also the last day that the Church of England Record Centre reading room will be open before the opening of the new building in early 2021. There might also be a delay in answering some types of enquiries.
Magazines and journals
Lambeth Palace Library also collects a variety of magazines and journals. You are very welcome to visit the Reading Room to consult these too. Some of our recently received titles include:
Anglican and Episcopal History
Archives: the journal of the British Records Association
Crucible: the journal of Christian social ethics
Ecclesiastical Law Journal
English Historical Review
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Journal of Paper Conservation
We also receive the following papers and magazines weekly:
Dr Nicholas Fisher: ‘Bishop Symon Patrick (1626-1707) – unsung hero of the Restoration Church of England’.
Thursday 26 March, 6pm (admittance from 5:30pm)
In 2018, Nick Fisher was the first recipient of a Lambeth doctorate after the scheme had been rebranded ‘Lambeth Research Degrees in Theology’. His thesis explored the writings and career of Symon Patrick from Rector of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden, to Bishop of Ely. This illustrated talk will explore the religious tensions of Charles II’s reign and suggest that Patrick’s contribution to the national Church has been unjustly neglected.
Day conference on the seventeenth-century book collector Richard Smith (1590-1675) and his library.
Wednesday 27 May (further details to follow)
Speakers will include Peter Lake, Jason Peacey, Andrew Foster, Vanessa Harding, David Pearson, Alan Nelson and Kenneth Fincham.
Professor Alan Nelson (University of California, Berkeley): ‘The Books of Henry Bradshawe, nephew of the regicide’.
Tuesday 2 June, 5:30pm (admittance not before 5pm)
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, bequeathed ‘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.
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 https://alannelsonlambeth.eventbrite.co.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Friday 29 May.
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’.
Thursday 18 June, 2:30pm (admittance not before 2pm)
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, open to Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, will be followed by tea. Friends should book in advance with Melissa Harrison, Lambeth Palace Library, email@example.com or telephone 020 7898 1400.
New Library update
The Library project continues to progress to time and budget and is now approaching completion with key systems being commissioned ahead of handover at the end of April.
From June to the end of the year we’ll be moving in the collections – which will finally bring under one roof (with solar panels on top!) all of the archives of the National Church Institutions that are currently stored in far less than ideal conditions in both Lambeth Palace and the Record Centre in Bermondsey. We’ll have more information as the year progresses about the closure of the Record Centre and among other things the move of the Records Management team to Church House.
The New Library was listed as one of ‘Five buildings to watch out for in 2020′ in the Architects’ Journal. You can read the article online here.
The images below show some great views of the New Library, captured recently by drone:
2020 Getting ready to move!
Lambeth Palace Library and Church of England Record Centre – Collections and People Migration Project
Already into the new year and we have kick started preparations for moving teams and the collections into our lovely new building! The new library is at commissioning stages with a handover date of April 20th, and we are on target to move in soon after. A great deal has been achieved in terms of collection management and care, including cleaning, boxing over 35,000 items and finishing off preservation tasks for collections held in Morton’s Tower and CERC; as well as organising and mapping collections in readiness for a move starting around early June 2020 and finishing with the Great Hall collection being moved in October-November 2020.
Luciana Marques, Preservation Project Assistant; and Alison Day, Archivist- both seen lifting, condition checking and boxing large vellum bound manuscripts currently stored in the Audience Chamber in Morton’s Tower
CPD event for library and archive teams on an Introduction to the History and Preservation of Historic Photographs ending with a curator led tour of the V&A Photography Centre
Fiona Johnston, Conservator and Arianna Mangraviti, Preservation Project Assistant assessing the cleaning and packing needs for our gold finishing hand-tools
Image of a watermark found on conservation papers in the current conservation studio
Fiona and Maria organising our conservation papers for the new studio
Maria Martinez Viciana, Preservation Project Assistant, attempting to delaminate a heavily water damaged parchment manuscript for the legal team to see specific details
The vast majority of the papers from Archbishop Robert Runcie’s time in office (1980-1991) have now been catalogued and made publicly available. Significant progress is also being made with the appraisal and cataloguing of the papers of Archbishop George Carey. A range of other material has also been catalogued, such as small manuscript accessions relating to the Church Lads Brigade, Bishop Hensley Henson and the author Kathleen Bliss.
Recent archive accessions have included further material from the Community of St Andrew, an Anglican religious order founded in 1861. Discussions with some other potential donors are ongoing, but no new material will be considered in 2020 because of the needs of the library move.
The discovery of a translation of Tacitus as being by Elizabeth I, which is contained in the library manuscript MS 683, was the subject of a great deal of media coverage: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/royally-adorned This manuscript has been digitised and is available on the library’s online image gallery:
A large number of glass plate photographs of cathedrals taken by a Reverend Mann (MS 5180-5184), dating from around 1900, were also recently added to the image gallery.
Newly catalogued items
Among our newly catalogued rare books is a work that complements the Library’s already strong collection of twentieth-century private press editions of biblical texts. The Psalter or Psalms of David from the Bible of Archbishop Cranmer (Mile End: Essex House Press, 1902) is one of 250 copies ‘edited from the Cranmer Bible of 1540’ and contains woodcut initials and decorations designed by the editor, Janet Ashbee. The Essex House Press, founded in 1898 by C. R. Ashbee after the death of William Morris, was intended as a successor to Morris’s Kelmscott Press and employed some of his former staff. Essex House captured the sentiment of the Arts and Crafts movement and became one of the most successful private presses of the era, producing more than 70 titles.
Another recent accession now available in the online catalogue is The Little Library (London, c.1868), a charming group of miniature Religious Tract Society works which are housed in their own decorated box. There are ten titles in all, each consisting of eight pages of text in their original orange paper covers: Lucy and Her Rose-Tree; The Cottage Child; The Busy Bee; The Marys of the Bible; The Two Sisters; Obey Your Parents; The Holy Day; Rosa and Frank; Speak Kind Words; The Little Boy’s Faith. Acquired with the support of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, these ten join a further 28 titles from the Little Library series which were presented to the Library by Mr Cliff Webb.