CATHEDRAL BOOKS AND TREASURES TO SEE IN ST DAVIDS AND IN LONDON
Now that St Davids Cathedral is open again for regular services, as well as for general visitors, so also the unique Cathedral Library can be visited. This is both for researchers and for anyone wanting to come and see this fascinating collection of around 10,000 books and other items in its medieval surroundings. Visits need to be booked and anti-COVID arrangements apply. Check the Library webpages of the Cathedral website to book via EventBrite www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk/discover/library
The Cathedral Treasury is also open for public visiting. This houses medieval, tudor and other treasures used in Cathedral worship over the centuries. In the current Library display in the Treasury are copies of the medieval Welsh annals Brut y Tywysogion (Chronicles of the Princes) which report a pilgrimage visit to St Davids by King Henry II on 29th September 1171.The Cathedral will be marking the 850th anniversary of this visit later this year.
This royal visit was less than a year after the murder of Thomas Becket. This summer the British Museum in London has an exhibition on Thomas Becket Murder and the Making of a Saint. St Davids Cathedral has been pleased to be able to meet the Museum’s request to loan one of our 12th century croziers to this exhibition. The photograph shows the crozier alongside other objects of the same period in the British Museum.
So in this summer of 2021 the unique treasures of St David’s Cathedral are available for the public to see in both St David’s and in London.