Salisbury Cathedral shares the secrets of its collection on Saturday, October 20, when some of the treasures re-discovered in Salisbury Cathedral Library during its ongoing three-year Beyond the Library Door cleaning and cataloguing project are revealed during a special Discovery Day.

It’s the first of several events during the next two years, and part of the Beyond the Library Door project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, Sackler Trust, Friends of Salisbury Cathedral and others.

During the day library staff and volunteers show some of the 100,000 volumes that make up the Cathedral’s eclectic collection and volunteers, working in the Cathedral Library and Sarum College Library, and give demonstrations of book conservation techniques.

The first event is a free show-and-tell session entitled Beautiful Bindings and Wonderful Words during which Library Preservation Volunteers share details of some of the fascinating volumes they have been working on.

The cathedral’s own history is also explored through another exhibit of three different editions of a nineteenth century historical guide to Salisbury Cathedral by William Dodsworth.  Book bindings are a feature of this project and the bindings of these three editions all vary in style and detail.

Beautiful Bindings and Wonderful Words is from 10am to 11.30am in North Transept.

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